Organization of auditory cortex in the owl monkey Aotus trivirgatus

T. J. Imig*, M. A. Ruggero, L. M. Kitzes, E. Javel, J. F. Brugge

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The region of cerebral cortex in the owl monkey that is responsive to acoustic stimulation is located on the dorsal and lateral surfaces of the rostral half of the superior temporal gyrus. Systematic microelectrode mapping of this area has revealed multiple frequency representations. The boundaries of these fields determined electrophysiologically correlate with the architectural bound aries apparent in Nissl stained material. On the basis of combined cytoarchitectonic and electrophysiological maps we have divided auditory cortex into five fields. Two of them, the primary field (AI) and the field rostral to it (R) are somewhat similar architectonically and constitute the central core of auditory cortex. Each of these two fields has a complete and orderly representation of the audible frequency spectrum within it. Surrounding these fields is a belt of cortex in which units are generally less responsive to acoustic stimulation and the frequency organization is more complex than in AI or R. Electrophysiological and cytoarchitectonic evidence suggest that this belt is composed of at least three and possibly four separate auditory fields.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)111-128
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Comparative Neurology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1977

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Neuroscience


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