Variability of amplitude and area of the auditory nerve compound action potential
AuthorBrown, Mel; McAnally, Ken I.; Clark, Graeme M.
Source TitleActa Otolaryngolgica
University of Melbourne Author/sClark, Graeme
Document TypeJournal Article
CitationsBrown, M., McAnally, K. I., & Clark, G. M. (1997). Variability of amplitude and area of the auditory nerve compound action potential. Acta Otolaryngolgica, 117, 836-840.
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The strength of neural response to sensory stimuli is often estimated by measurement of the amplitude of gross neural potentials. These gross potentials reflect the summed activity of a population of neurons. The amplitude of these potentials is dependent upon the synchrony of the contributing neural responses. We compared the variability of the peak-to-peak amplitude of the auditory nerve compound-action potential (CAP) with that of the area under the peaks. The area under the peaks was significantly less variable than the amplitude for responses to low frequency stimuli. Responses to other stimuli showed differences in the same direction, but these were not significant. We conclude that the area under these peaks is a more precise measure of neural response than measurement of waveform amplitude, at least for responses to low frequency stimuli.
Keywordsotolaryngology; response measurement; CAP
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