Use this URL to cite or link to this record in EThOS:
Title: Adaptation to stimulus statistics in the mammalian sensory systems
Author: Garcia-Lazaro, Jose Alberto
ISNI:       0000 0001 3489 1444
Awarding Body: Oxford University
Current Institution: University of Oxford
Date of Award: 2007
Availability of Full Text:
Full text unavailable from EThOS.
Please contact the current institution’s library for further details.
The aim of this thesis is to investigate adaptive processes occurring at different time scales and in different sensory modalities. For this purpose, I use stimuli featuring well defined statistical properties. It has been reported that the amplitude and pitch fluctuations of natural soundscapes often exhibit 1/f spectra, where f denotes frequency. Human listeners reportedly prefer 1/f distributed random melodies to melodies with faster or slower dynamics. To test whether auditory neurons exhibit 1/f tuning, I recorded responses of neurons at three key stages of the central auditory pathway, namely, the inferior colliculus, thalamus and primary auditory cortex of anaesthetized ferrets to synthetic stimuli in which the fundamental frequency and the envelope were determined by statistically independent "1/f random walks".
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID:  DOI: Not available