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Eike Budinger, Michael Brosch, Henning Scheich and Judith Mylius The subcortical auditory structures in the Mongolian gerbil: II. Frequency-related topography of the connections with cortical field AI Journal of Comparative Neurology 521

Version of Record online: 19 JUN 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/cne.23314

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The Mongolian gerbil (Meriones unguiculatus) has become a frequently used animal model in auditory neuroscience. Here, we investigated the frequency-related topography of connections of the primary auditory cortical field (AI) with subcortical structures of the auditory system in this species. We found topographic, most likely frequency-matched (tonotopic) connections as well as non-topographic (non-tonotopic) connections. The former may serve for conservation of frequency-specific information in the respective target structures of AI, whereas the latter could be involved in frequency-integration processes.

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