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Receptive fields of auditory neurons in the owl

Knudsen, Eric I. and Konishi, Masakazu and Pettigrew, John D. (1977) Receptive fields of auditory neurons in the owl. Science, 198 (4323). pp. 1278-1280. ISSN 0036-8075. doi:10.1126/science.929202.

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The influence of sound location on the responses of auditory neurons in the forebrain of the owl (Tyto alba) was studied directly by using a remotely controlled, movable sound source under free-field, anechoic conditions. Some auditory neurons demonstrated well-defined receptive fields that were (i) restricted both in elevation and in azimuth and (ii) relatively independent of the intensity and the nature of the sound stimulus. The majority of the fields were located frontally and contralateral to the recording site.

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Additional Information:© 1977 American Association for the Advancement of Science. Received 7 June 1977; revised 29 August 1977. We thank C. Adams for constructing the speaker carriage system, E. Akutagawa and G. Blasdel for technical assistance, and A. J. Hudspeth for critically reviewing the manuscript. This work was supported by an NIH postdoctoral fellowship (5 F32 NS 0552902) to E.I.K., an NSF grant (BMS 75-19180) to M.K., and a Spencer Foundation grant to J.D.
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Official Citation:Receptive fields of auditory neurons in the owl EI Knudsen, M Konishi, and JD Pettigrew Science 23 December 1977: 198 (4323), 1278-1280. [DOI:10.1126/science.929202]
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