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Are Single Cortical Neurons Soloists or Are They Obedient Members of a Huge Orchestra?

Tal Kenet, Amos Arieli, Misha Tsodyks and Amiram Grinvald

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/9780195148220.003.0009

Series: Computational Neuroscience Series

 Are Single Cortical Neurons Soloists or Are They Obedient Members of a Huge Orchestra?

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This chapter shows that the spontaneous firing of single neurons is tightly linked to the cortical networks in which they are embedded. The idea of a network is a central concept in theoretical brain research and it is now finally possible to directly visualize the cortical networks and their states in action, at high spatiotemporal resolution.

Keywords: brain; neurons; cortical networks; brain research; high spatiotemporal resolution

Chapter.  8028 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Neuroscience

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