Functional organization of the medial geniculate body's subdivisions of the awake squirrel monkey

Nahum Allon, Yehezkel Yeshurun

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Abstract

The response properties of 138 cells in the medial geniculate body (MGB), of the awake squirrel monkey (Saimiri sciureus), to 7 species-specific vocalizations were studied. Cells were divided into 4 subgroups: 26 in the ventral, 24 in the medial and 46 in the lateral subdivision. Forty-two cells located on the borders between the subdivisions represent the fourth group. No significant differences were found between the subdivisions with respect to their selectivity, nor did cells in any subdivision respond preferentially to any particular vocalization. On the other hand, the response patterns of the ventral and the lateral subdivisions showed significant differences (P < 0.001, X2-test) from those of the medial subdivision. Most of the cells in the medial subdivision (87.5%) responded with similar response pattern to the 7 vocalizations (mainly 'on' or 'sustain'), while most of the cells in the ventral and the lateral subdivisions (61.5% and 69.6% respectively) responded with complex, time-locked and different patterns to the various vocalizations. Cells that exhibited a response characterized as an intermediate between the two types were accumulated mainly on or close to the borders between the medial and the other subdivisions of the MGB. The possible role of each response patterns is discussed with respect to the projection of the subdivisions to the cortex.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)75-82
Number of pages8
JournalBrain Research
Volume360
Issue number1-2
DOIs
StatePublished - 23 Dec 1985

Keywords

  • auditory stimulus
  • awake squirrel monkey
  • medial geniculate

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