Bone-conducted auditory stimulation in unrestrained, unanesthetized animals

T. A. Jones, J. M. Horowitz

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A new method of eliciting auditory responses using bone-conducted stimuli was developed for use in freely-moving unanesthetized animals. In cats and rats piezoelectric materials were either bolted to or embedded within a dental acrylic skull platform. In order to produce acoustic stimulation, click and pip electrical waveforms were used to drive vibrations in the crystalline material. Responses to the crystal-elicited stimuli were compared with responses to air-coupled stimuli and were found to be virtually identical. Acoustic masking eliminated the response showing there is no significant contribution made to the responses by other sensory modalities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)261-267
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Neuroscience Methods
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1983


  • auditory stimulation
  • averaged brainstem responses
  • bone-conduction
  • evoked potentials
  • hearing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)


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