FARFAN Fernando Daniel
Temporal Code in the Vibrissal System Part II: Roughness Surfaces Discrimination
FERNANDO DANIEL FARFÁN; ANA LÍA ALBARRACÍN; CARMELO JOSÉ FELICE
Journal of Physics: Conference Series
Año: 2007 vol. 90 p. 1 - 8
Abstract. Previous works have purposed hypotheses about the neural code of the tactile system in the rat. One of them is based on the physical characteristics of vibrissae, such as frequency of resonance; another is based on discharge patterns on the trigeminal ganglion. In this work, the purpose is to find a temporal code analyzing the afferent signals of two vibrissal nerves while vibrissae sweep surfaces of different roughness. Two levels of pressure were used between the vibrissa and the contact surface. We analyzed the afferent discharge of DELTA and GAMMA vibrissal nerves. The vibrissae movements were produced using electrical stimulation of the facial nerve. The afferent signals were analyzed using an event detection algorithm based on Continuous Wavelet Transform (CWT). The algorithm was able to detect events of different duration. The inter-event times detected were calculated for each situation and represented in box plot. This work allowed establishing the existence of a temporal code at peripheral level.