Directional Hearing by the Mauthner System

Part of Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 6 (NIPS 1993)

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Audrey Guzik, Robert Eaton


We provide a computational description of the function of the Mau(cid:173) thner system. This is the brainstem circuit which initiates fast(cid:173) start escapes in teleost fish in response to sounds. Our simula(cid:173) tions, using back propagation in a realistically constrained feedfor(cid:173) ward network, have generated hypotheses which are directly inter(cid:173) pretable in terms of the activity of the auditory nerve fibers, the principle cells of the system and their associated inhibitory neu(cid:173) rons.