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Are Neurons Adapted for Specific Computations? Examples from Temporal Coding in the Auditory System

C. E. Carr, S. Iyer, D. Soares, S. Kalluri and J. Z. Simon

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/9780195148220.003.0012

Series: Computational Neuroscience Series

 Are Neurons Adapted for Specific Computations? Examples from Temporal Coding in the Auditory System

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This chapter makes the case that neurons may be adapted for particular tasks, using the example of temporal coding cells in the vertebrate auditory system because their function is well known. It shows that auditory neurons that phase lock, detect coincidences, and encode temporal patterns all exhibit a suite of physiological and morphological adaptations that suit them for their task. Other neuronal systems exhibit similarly well-equipped neural circuits.

Keywords: auditory neurons; computation; temporal information; neurons; tasks; phase lock; coincidences; temporal patterns

Chapter.  8304 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Neuroscience

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