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How Is Time Represented in the Brain?

Andreas V. M. Herz

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/9780195148220.003.0013

Series: Computational Neuroscience Series

 How Is Time Represented in the Brain?

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This chapter addresses the question of how time is represented in the brain. It presents a collection of basic computing principles, focusing on algorithms that deal with sensory pattern sequences that vary over time scales from a few to a few hundred milliseconds. It shows that transmission delays, input currents that decay in time, and synaptic short-time dynamics, such as depression or facilitation, support interesting calculations in the time domain that would otherwise require much more elaborate architectures and algorithms.

Keywords: time; brain; algoriths; neurons; temporal sequences

Chapter.  6881 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Neuroscience

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