Neural mechanisms for the abstraction and use of pitch information in auditory cortex

Xiaoqin Wang, Kerry M.M. Walker

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Abstract

Experiments in animals have provided an important complement to human studies of pitch perception by revealing how the activity of individual neurons represents harmonic complex and periodic sounds. Such studies have shown that the acoustical parameters associated with pitch are represented by the spiking responses of neurons in A1 (primary auditory cortex) and various higher auditory cortical fields. The responses of these neurons are also modulated by the timbre of sounds. In marmosets, a distinct region on the low-frequency border of primary and non-primary auditory cortex may provide pitch tuning that generalizes across timbre classes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)13339-13342
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Neuroscience
Volume32
Issue number39
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 26 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)

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