The dorsal cochlear nucleus (DCN) projects axons to the contralateral central nucleus of the inferior colliculus (ICC) via the dorsal acoustic stria (DAS). In the anaesthetised cat, when brief electrical stimuli are applied to the caudal surface of DCN, single unit and field activity is evoked preferentially in the ventro-lateral region of ICC. Most single ICC units judged by electrical stimulation to have received a direct input from DCN are excited by contralateral tonal stimulation and inhibited or uninfluenced by ipsilateral tones. The sharp non-monotonic intensity functions of most of these units are similar to those of units in the dorsal cochlear nucleus, but ipsilateral inhibition is likely to be provided by a source other than DCN. Thus, although it is suggested that axons of DAS terminate preferentially in the ventro-lateral aspect of the contralateral ICC, it is likely that at least some neurones in this latter region receive additional input from another source - possibly the lateral superior olivary nucleus.
- Dorsal cochlear nucleus
- Electrical and auditory stimulation
- Inferior colliculus units
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