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What is a Neuronal Map, How Does It Arise, and What is it Good For?

J. Leo van Hemmen

in 23 Problems in Systems Neuroscience

Published in print January 2006 | ISBN: 9780195148220
Published online May 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199864676 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195148220.003.0005

Series: Computational Neuroscience Series

 What is a Neuronal Map, How Does It Arise, and What is it Good For?

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This chapter addresses the questions: what is a neuronal map, how does it arise, and what is it good for? It studies three examples, the sand scorpion, the barn owl, and the paddle fish. It presents evidence both for synaptic learning through a learning window, a kind of “map formation” at a single neuron, and for map formation in the true sense of the phrase as a consequence of interaction between different developing synapses at different neurons.

Keywords: neuronal map; sand scorpion; barn owl; paddle fish; synaptic learning; map formation

Chapter.  7755 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Neuroscience

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