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Behavioral Modification of Response Characteristics of Cells in the Auditory System

  • Josef M. Miller
  • Bryan E. Pfingst
  • Allen F. Ryan
Part of the Advances in Behavioral Biology book series (ABBI, volume 26)


Response characteristics of cells in the auditory cortex and along the auditory pathway are significantly different in monkeys performing a behavioral task than in nonperforming monkeys. The differences, which include probability of response, evoked discharge rate, response latency, and response pattern, may be due to a number of behavioral as well as physiological factors. While some of the modifications may be related to conditioning and learning, most are more simply explained in terms of generalized or specific “arousal” or “attention.” We will briefly review our work of the last ten years on questions related to response modification of cells of the auditory system with training and performance, and speculate on the possible mechanisms that underlie these changes.


Receptive Field Auditory Cortex Auditory System Inferior Colliculus Cochlear Nucleus 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Josef M. Miller
    • 1
  • Bryan E. Pfingst
    • 1
  • Allen F. Ryan
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Otolaryngology and Regional Primate Research CenterUniversity of WashingtonSeattleUSA

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