A phenomenological model was developed to describe responses of high-spontaneous-rate auditory-nerve (AN) fibers, including several nonlinear response properties. The implementation of this model represents a relatively simple phenomenological description of a single mechanism that underlies several important nonlinear response properties of AN fibers. The model provides a tool for studying the roles of these nonlinearities in the encoding of simple and complex sounds in the responses of populations of AN fibers.
Model Concept(s): Temporal Pattern Generation
Simulation Environment: C or C++ program
Implementer(s): Zhang, Xuedong
Zhang X, Heinz MG, Bruce IC, Carney LH. (2001). A phenomenological model for the responses of auditory-nerve fibers: I. Nonlinear tuning with compression and suppression. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. 109 [PubMed]