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How Can the Brain Be So Fast?

Wulfram Gerstner

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/9780195148220.003.0007

Series: Computational Neuroscience Series

 How Can the Brain Be So Fast?

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This chapter reviews some of the arguments that have suggested that neurons are slow, and discusses a reaction time experiment that shows that the brain as a whole is nevertheless fast. It indicates some directions of research towards solving the apparent conflict; in particular, it speculates on the role of noise.

Keywords: neurons; brain; noise; reaction time

Chapter.  3107 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Neuroscience

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