Quantitative Studies of Information Coding in the Auditory Nerve

Laurel Carney
Syracuse University

This talk will review our studies of the encoding of information in the discharges of auditory-nerve (AN) fibers. In general, we're interested in
quantitavely comparing AN single-fiber and population responses to psychophysical discrimination. Also, we're interested in better understanding
how the representations of information in the AN population response are influenced by the compressive nonlinearity in the cochlea, because this
nonlinearity is reduced in common forms of hearing loss. This talk will begin with a discussion of our general strategy for studying the encoding of basic
stimulus properties, such as the frequency and level of tones. If time permits, we'll also discuss ways that we've extended this strategy to study
the encoding of more complex stimulus properties, such as the center frequency of harmonic complexes (simple formants) and amplitude modulation.

Presentation (PowerPoint File)

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