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Learning cortical representations from multiple whisker inputs

Wilson, S., Mitchinson, B., Pearson, M., Bednar, J. and Prescott, T. (2009) Learning cortical representations from multiple whisker inputs. BMC Neuroscience, 10 (Suppl ). P334. ISSN 1471-2202

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Rats' whiskers convey tactile information to the somatosensory cortex, where layer 4 neurons are clustered into barrels, each responding primarily to input from one principal whisker (PW). The spatial arrangement of the barrels reflects the spatial arrangement of the whiskers on the animal's snout, thus representing the whiskers in a somatotopic map. Within a barrel, neurons are selective for the direction in which the PW is deflected, and across layer 2/3 directions may be organized into a pinwheel map such that deflection of whisker A towards whisker B activates barrel field A neurons located closest to barrel field B [1] (Figure 1c). More recently layer 5 neurons have been found to be selective for the direction in which waves of sequential deflections are applied across multiple whiskers, although the potential spatial organization of a map for these stimuli has not yet been determined [2].

Item Type: Article
Institution: The University of Sheffield
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Science (Sheffield) > Department of Psychology (Sheffield)
Depositing User: Sheffield Import
Date Deposited: 01 Oct 2009 11:15
Last Modified: 01 Oct 2009 11:15
Published Version: http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2202/10/S1/P334
Status: Published
Publisher: Biomed Central
Identification Number: 10.1186/1471-2202-10-S1-P334
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/9768

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