A neural map of auditory space in the owl

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Science  19 May 1978:
Vol. 200, Issue 4343, pp. 795-797
DOI: 10.1126/science.644324


Auditory units that responded to sound only when it originated from a limited area of space were found in the lateral and anterior portions of the midbrain auditory nucleus of the owl (Tyto alba). The areas of space to which these units responded (their receptive fields) were largely independent of the nature and intensity of the sound stimulus. The units were arranged systematically within the midbrain auditory nucleus according to the relative locations of their receptive fields, thus creating a physiological map of auditory space.

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