We build a computational rate model for a biological neural network found in mammals that is thought to be important in the localisation of the sound in the vertical plane. We find the response of neurons in the brain stem that participate in the localisation neural circuit to pure tones, broad band noise and notched noise and compare them to experimentally obtained response of these neurons. Our model is able to reproduce the sensitivity of these neurons in the brain stem to spectral properties of sounds that are important in localisation. This is the first rate based population model that elucidates all the response properties of the neurons in the vertical localisation pathway to our knowledge.
bioRxiv Subject Collection: Neuroscience