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Re: Representation of auditory information at the cerebellar le

Dear Eric

There are several anatomical pathways of auditory information into the

(1) To the cerebrocerebellum via the posterior parietal cortex (PPC),  e.g. see
Stein, J. "The posterior parietal cortex, the cerebellum and the visual guidance
of movement". In F.W.Cody (Ed.) Neural control of skilled human movement. pp
31-49, 1995.

(2) More direct inputs to the spinocerebellum, e.g. see Ghez, C. "The cerebellum"
In Kandel et al (Eds). Principles of Neural Science. Appleton & Lange, Norwalk,
CT. pp626-646. 1991.

As for CASA,  there is my own model of beat induction as auditoraly-guided action
which follows Chris Miall (Miall, R.C., Weir, D.J., Wolpert, D.M. and Stein, J.F.
"Is the cerebellum a Smith Predictor?" J. Mot. Behav. 25(3), 203-216,  (1993).)
in assuming that the cerebellum, at a functional level, acts as a kind of
feedforward model.

Todd, N.P. McAngus, Lee, C.S. and O'Boyle, D.J. (1998). A sensory-motor theory of
rhythm and timing in music and speech. Proceedings of the International
Conference on Neural Information Processing.  ICONIP'98. Japan, October, 1998.

Todd, N.P.McAngus, Lee, C.S. and O'Boyle, D.J. (1999) A sensory-motor theory of
rhythm, time perception and beat induction. J. New Music Research. 28(1), 1-24.

Todd, N.P.McAngus and Kohen, S. (submitted) Testing a sensory-motor theory of
rhythm perception: Human vs machine performance in a tempo tracking task.
Under review in Music Perception.

Reciprocal connectivity to the PPC from the cerebellum may enable the perceptual
system to be influenced by motor factors. Thus one prediction is that the way we
'hear' a rhythmic pattern is in part determined by the dynamic properties of the
feedforward model, and hence the biomechanical properties of the musculoskeletal

Todd, N.P.McAngus and Cousins, R. (submitted) Is beat induction mediated by an
internal representation of the body? Evidence for a sensory-motor theory of
rhythm perception. Under review in QJEP.



>Date:    Mon, 21 Jun 1999 20:59:52 +1000
>From:    Eric Mousset <mousset@SEDAL.USYD.EDU.AU>
>Subject: Representation of auditory information at the cerebellar level?
>Dear List,
>I'm currently trying to collect data/articles on how the auditory
>information might be represented at the cerebellar level.
>I've just browsed a couple of resources including the AUDITORY
>LIST's archive, the on-line Journal of Neurophysiology (not mentioning
>a simple keyword search on the Web) and found relatively little data.
>In the former, there is a substantial list of references provided by
>Neil Todd (Hello Neil, how are you?!) in one of his messages dated
>April 1998. But there is nothing there answering quite directly
>my question, for most of the indicated articles relate rather to 'mental
>activity' and 'vocal planning'; and that I'm actually also/only
>interested in the sensory/perceptual aspect.
>I'd be grateful to anyone able to provide me with such data, ranging
>   - purely anatomical data: Do cerebellar mossy fibers / granule cells
>     receive input from the auditory pathway? and if yes where from?
>   - modelling work: Is there any 'CASA' work taking advantage of the
>     computational features of the cerebellum one of which is prediction?
>Many thanks in advance.
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