A Silicon Model of Amplitude Modulation Detection in the Auditory Brainstem

Part of Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 9 (NIPS 1996)

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André van Schaik, Eric Fragnière, Eric Vittoz


Detectim of the periodicity of amplitude modulatim is a major step in the determinatim of the pitch of a SOODd. In this article we will present a silicm model that uses synchrroicity of spiking neurms to extract the fundamental frequency of a SOODd. It is based m the observatim that the so called 'Choppers' in the mammalian Cochlear Nucleus synchrmize well for certain rates of amplitude modulatim, depending m the cell's intrinsic chopping frequency. Our silicm model uses three different circuits, i.e., an artificial cochlea, an Inner Hair Cell circuit, and a spiking neuron circuit