Binaural response patterns in subdivisions of the medial geniculate body

T. Littman*, N. Kraus, T. McGee, T. Nicol

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Auditory evoked potentials (AEPs) to binaural click stimulation were examined in the ventral (MGv) and caudomedial (MGcm) subdivisions of the medial geniculate body (MG) in guinea pigs. Binaural stimulation caused a decrease in amplitude for the response component recorded from the MGv, but an increase in amplitude for the AEP component recorded from the MGcm. Findings suggest that the evoked responses recorded from MGv and MGcm are functionally distinct. The inhibitory binaural response (BR) pattern seen in MGv was similar to that of the middle latency response (MLR) component recorded over the temporal cortex, while the additive BR pattern typical of the MGcm was similar to that of the surface midline MLR component. Furthermore, these data imply that the binaural response patterns seen in the primary and non-primary auditory cortex may be processed and encoded at the thalamic level. It is concluded that the distinct BR patterns noted for the two MG subdivisions reflect the predominant type of binaurally responsive neurons within the respective pathways.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)286-295
Number of pages10
JournalBrain research
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Mar 21 1994


  • Binaural response
  • Central auditory pathway
  • Medial geniculate body
  • Middle latency response

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Molecular Biology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Developmental Biology


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