Single cell responses in the ectostriatum of the zebra finch

Engelage J, Bischof H-J (1996)
JOURNAL OF COMPARATIVE PHYSIOLOGY A-NEUROETHOLOGY SENSORY NEURAL AND BEHAVIORAL PHYSIOLOGY 179(6): 785-795.

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The responses of single cells to computer-generated spots, bars, gratings, and motion-in-depth stimuli were studied in the ectostriatum and the adjacent neostriatum of the zebra finch, Taeniopygia guttata. No differences in neuronal properties could be detected between ectostriatum and neostriatum. The receptive fields of ectostriatal neurons are large, often extending over the entire visual field of the contralateral eye, and have oddly defined borders. The centers of the receptive fields, located in the foveal region, generally yielded better responses than the periphery, and exhibited different subdivisions. Neurons responded selectively to moving bars, preferring those moving parallel to their longest axis. An SDO (sensitivity, direction, orientation) analysis of responses to sinusoidal gratings showed that all orientations were equally represented by ectostriatal neurons, while there was a slight preference for forward and upward movements. The neurons also showed preferences for gratings of a particular spatial frequency, and responded vigorously to stimuli moving towards the eye (''looming''). Our results indicate that the ectostriatum is involved in both detecting displacement of the surround and in stimulus identification. By comparison with results obtained in the extrastriate cortex of mammals, it is concluded that the homology of the ectostriatum with the extrastriate cortex of mammals, which was proposed on the basis of hodological findings, is supported by our study.
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Engelage J, Bischof H-J. Single cell responses in the ectostriatum of the zebra finch. JOURNAL OF COMPARATIVE PHYSIOLOGY A-NEUROETHOLOGY SENSORY NEURAL AND BEHAVIORAL PHYSIOLOGY. 1996;179(6):785-795.
Engelage, J., & Bischof, H. - J. (1996). Single cell responses in the ectostriatum of the zebra finch. JOURNAL OF COMPARATIVE PHYSIOLOGY A-NEUROETHOLOGY SENSORY NEURAL AND BEHAVIORAL PHYSIOLOGY, 179(6), 785-795.
Engelage, J., and Bischof, H. - J. (1996). Single cell responses in the ectostriatum of the zebra finch. JOURNAL OF COMPARATIVE PHYSIOLOGY A-NEUROETHOLOGY SENSORY NEURAL AND BEHAVIORAL PHYSIOLOGY 179, 785-795.
Engelage, J., & Bischof, H.-J., 1996. Single cell responses in the ectostriatum of the zebra finch. JOURNAL OF COMPARATIVE PHYSIOLOGY A-NEUROETHOLOGY SENSORY NEURAL AND BEHAVIORAL PHYSIOLOGY, 179(6), p 785-795.
J. Engelage and H.-J. Bischof, “Single cell responses in the ectostriatum of the zebra finch”, JOURNAL OF COMPARATIVE PHYSIOLOGY A-NEUROETHOLOGY SENSORY NEURAL AND BEHAVIORAL PHYSIOLOGY, vol. 179, 1996, pp. 785-795.
Engelage, J., Bischof, H.-J.: Single cell responses in the ectostriatum of the zebra finch. JOURNAL OF COMPARATIVE PHYSIOLOGY A-NEUROETHOLOGY SENSORY NEURAL AND BEHAVIORAL PHYSIOLOGY. 179, 785-795 (1996).
Engelage, J, and Bischof, Hans-Joachim. “Single cell responses in the ectostriatum of the zebra finch”. JOURNAL OF COMPARATIVE PHYSIOLOGY A-NEUROETHOLOGY SENSORY NEURAL AND BEHAVIORAL PHYSIOLOGY 179.6 (1996): 785-795.
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