Postersession 1
Poster #: 82
Topic: MMN across species
Wednesday, Sep 9, 2015
1st floor

Electrophysiological mismatch response recorded in awake pigeons from the avian functional equivalent of the primary auditory cortex

Ulrich Schall1, Bernhard Müller, Christian Kärgel, & Onur Güntürkün

1PRC Translational Neuroscience & Mental Health Research, The University of Newcastle, Callaghan, Australia

The neural response to occasional variations in acoustic stimuli in a regular sequence of sounds generates an N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor-modulated event-related potential in primates and rodents in the primary auditory cortex known as mismatch negativity (MMN). The current study investigated MMN in pigeons (Columba livia L) through intracranial recordings from Field L of the caudomedial nidopallium, the avian functional equivalent of the mammalian primary auditory cortex. Auditory evoked field potentials were recorded from awake birds using a low-frequency (800 Hz) and high-frequency (1400 Hz) deviant auditory oddball procedure with deviant-as-standard (flip-flop design) and multiple-standard control conditions. An MMN-like field potential was recorded and blocked with systemic 5 mg/kg ketamine administration. Our results are similar to human and rodent findings of an MMN-like event-related potential in birds suggestive of similar auditory sensory memory mechanisms in birds and mammals that are homologue from a common ancestor 300 million years ago or resulted from convergent evolution.