Phase-sensitive midbrain neurons in Eigenmannia: neural correlates of the jamming avoidance response

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Science  15 Aug 1980:
Vol. 209, Issue 4458, pp. 828-831
DOI: 10.1126/science.7403849


Neurons in the torus semicircularis of the weakly electric fish Eigenmannia encode phase differences between sinusoidal electrical stimuli received in different body regions. These fish normally experience time-varying phase differences when the electric organ discharge fields of two or more individuals overlap. These phase differences supply information necessary for the animal's jamming avoidance behavior.