Representations of specific acoustic patterns in the auditory cortex and hippocampus

Kumar, Sukhbinder, Bonnici, Heidi, Teki, Sundeep, Agus, Trevor, Pressnitzer, Daniel, Maguire, Eleanor and Griffiths, Timothy (2014) Representations of specific acoustic patterns in the auditory cortex and hippocampus. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 281 (1791). ISSN 0962-8452

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Previous behavioural studies have shown that repeated presentation of a randomly chosen acoustic pattern leads to the unsupervised learning of some of its specific acoustic features. The objective of our study was to determine the neural substrate for the representation of freshly learnt acoustic patterns. Subjects first performed a behavioural task that resulted in the incidental learning of three different noise-like acoustic patterns. During subsequent high-resolution functional magnetic resonance imaging scanning, subjects were then exposed again to these three learnt patterns and to others that had not been learned. Multi-voxel pattern analysis was used to test if the learnt acoustic patterns could be 'decoded' from the patterns of activity in the auditory cortex and medial temporal lobe. We found that activity in planum temporale and the hippocampus reliably distinguished between the learnt acoustic patterns. Our results demonstrate that these structures are involved in the neural representation of specific acoustic patterns after they have been learnt.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Psychology
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Cognition, Action and Perception
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 01 Dec 2015 07:26
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2022 01:12
DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2014.1000


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