Somatosensory cell response to an auditory cue in a haptic memory task

Yong Di Zhou, Joaquín M. Fuster

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Abstract

Neurons in the monkey's anterior parietal cortex (Brodmann's areas 3a, 3b, 1, and 2) have been reported to retain information from a visual cue that has been associated with a tactile stimulus in a haptic memory task. This cross-modal transfer indicates that neurons in somatosensory cortex can respond to non-tactile stimuli if they are associated with tactile information needed for performance of the task. We hypothesized that neurons in somatosensory cortex would be activated by other non-tactile stimuli signaling the haptic movements - of arm and hand - that the task required. We found such cells in anterior parietal areas. They reacted with short-latency activity changes to an auditory signal (a click) that prompted those movements. Further, some of those cells changed their discharge in temporal correlation with the movements themselves, with the touch of the test objects, and with the short-term memory of those objects for subsequent tactile discrimination. These findings suggest that cells in the somatosensory cortex participate in the behavioral integration of auditory stimuli with other sensory stimuli and with motor acts that are associated with those stimuli. + 2004 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)573-578
Number of pages6
JournalBehavioural Brain Research
Volume153
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 31 2004

Keywords

  • Auditory
  • Monkey
  • Movement
  • SI
  • Single unit
  • Touch

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Behavioral Neuroscience

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