The laminar and temporal structure of stimulus information in the phase of field potentials of auditory cortex

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15787-15801
Journal / PublicationJournal of Neuroscience
Volume31
Issue number44
Publication statusPublished - 2 Nov 2011
Externally publishedYes

Abstract

Recent studies have shown that the phase of low-frequency local field potentials (LFPs) in sensory cortices carries a significant amount of information about complex naturalistic stimuli, yet the laminar circuit mechanisms and the aspects of stimulus dynamics responsible for generating this phase information remain essentially unknown. Here we investigated these issues by means of an information theoretic analysis of LFPs and current source densities (CSDs) recorded with laminar multi-electrode arrays in the primary auditory area of anesthetized rats during complex acoustic stimulation (music and broadband 1/f stimuli). We found that most LFP phase information originated from discrete "CSD events" consisting of granular-superficial layer dipoles of short duration and large amplitude, which we hypothesize to be triggered by transient thalamocortical activation. TheseCSDevents occurred at rates of 2-4Hz during both stimulation with complex sounds and silence. During stimulation with complex sounds, these events reliably reset the LFP phases at specific times during the stimulation history. These facts suggest that the informativeness of LFP phase in rat auditory cortex is the result of transient, large-amplitude events, of the "evoked" or "driving" type, reflecting strong depolarization in thalamo-recipient layers of cortex. Finally, the CSD events were characterized by a small number of discrete types of infragranular activation. The extent to which infragranular regions were activated was stimulus dependent. These patterns of infragranular activations may reflect a categorical evaluation of stimulus episodes by the local circuit to determine whether to pass on stimulus information through the output layers. © 2011 the authors.

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The laminar and temporal structure of stimulus information in the phase of field potentials of auditory cortex. / Szymanski, Francois D.; Rabinowitz, Neil C.; Magri, Cesare; Panzeri, Stefano; Schnupp, Jan W. H.

In: Journal of Neuroscience, Vol. 31, No. 44, 02.11.2011, p. 15787-15801.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journal