Cellular generators of the cortical auditory evoked potential initial component

Mitchell Steinschneider, Craig E. Tenke, Charles E. Schroeder, Daniel C. Javitt, Gregory V. Simpson, Joseph C. Arezzo, Herbert G. Vaughan

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Cellular generators of the initial auditory evoked potential (AEP) component were determined by analyzing laminar profiles of click-evoked AEPs, current source density, and multiple unit activity (MUA) in primary auditory cortex of awake monkeys. The initial AEP component is a surface-negative wave, N8, that peaks at 8-9 msec and inverts in polarity below lamina 4. N8 is generated by a lamina 4 current sink and a deeper current source. Simultaneous MUA is present from lower lamina 3 to the subjacent white matter. Findings indicate that thalamocortical afferents are a generator of N8 and support a role for lamina 4 stellate cells. Relationships to the human AEP are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)196-200
Number of pages5
JournalElectroencephalography and Clinical Neurophysiology/ Evoked Potentials
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1992


  • Auditory cortex
  • Cellular generators
  • Current source density
  • Evoked potential
  • Multiple unit activity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Neuroscience
  • Clinical Neurology


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