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About ssc-5

Information about the data including data types, experiments, format of the data, how to download the data.

Summary of the data

These experiments probe neural dynamics in the mouse vibrissal primary somatosensory cortex (S1) and its relationship to active touch. The data contain 52 juxtacellular loose-seal recording sessions from 21 adult mice performing a tactile decision behavior. Juxtacellular loose-seal recording are critical for recording in L4 because they fire synchronously and sparsely in time. The data also contain a complete record of the sensory and motor variables used to solve the task recorded at one millisecond resolution. The following paper describes the experiments in detail:

Hires SA, Gutnisky DA, Yu J, O'connor DH, Svoboda K. Low-noise encoding of active touch by layer 4 in the somatosensory cortex. eLIFE. 2015;4 PMID: 12701550 doi: 10.7554/eLife.06619

Format of the data

The data is stored in Matlab files. The structure of the files are described in the document linked to at the end of this page. Total data size is about 2.5 GB.

Conditions for usage of this data in publications

If you publish any work using the data, please cite the publication above (Hires et al., 2015) also cite the data set using the following:

S. Andrew Hires, Diego Gutnisky, Jianing Yu, Karel Svoboda (2017); Juxtacellular recordings from primary somatosensory cortex (vS1) neurons of adult mice performing whisker-mediated object localization.

The above citation uses a Digital Object Identifier (DOI) which is assigned to the data set.  The DOI was created using DataCite ( and the California Digital Library, "EZID" system (

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