Strategies for the Representation of Broadband Stimuli in the Discharge Patterns of Auditory-Nerve Fibers
Our work (Miller and Sachs, 1983, 1984) suggests that representations based on the temporal discharges of auditory-nerve fibers may be important for the coding of complex acoustic stimuli. If the information encoded via these temporal discharges is important for auditory processing tasks, then the following questions must be resolved. (1) How should the array of auditory-nerve fiber responses be combined? For example, should the strategy for representing a formant in a vowel stimulus be to derive estimates of that formant from discharges of the entire population of auditory-nerve fibers? (2) Do these strategies change for narrow and broadband stimuli? (3) What role does cochlear filtering play in these temporal representations?
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