Comparison of neural activity preceding reaches to auditory and visual stimuli in the parietal reach region.
We examined the responses of neurons in the parietal reach region (PRR) during reaches to the remembered locations of auditory or visual stimuli. We found that the firing rate of PRR neurons contained information about the location of auditory and visual stimuli. For neurons tested with visual stimuli, the amount of information remained constant throughout the task. In contrast, for neurons tested with auditory stimuli, the amount of target-location information increased as the trial evolved. During the reach period of the task, the amount of information that was carried by neurons tested with auditory stimuli was not statistically different from the amount carried by neurons tested with visual stimuli. We interpret these data to suggest that the type of information that PRR neurons encode evolves throughout a task.