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Olfactory Bulb

GORDON M. SHEPHERD, WEI R. CHEN and CHARLES A. GREER

in The Synaptic Organization of the Brain

Fifth edition

Published in print January 2004 | ISBN: 9780195159561
Published online May 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199864447 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195159561.003.0005
 Olfactory Bulb

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The olfactory bulb is an outgrowth of the forebrain, specialized for processing the molecular signals that give rise to the sense of smell. It receives sensory input from the olfactory sensory neurons and sends its output directly to the olfactory cortex. This chapter focuses on the principles of synaptic organization underlying a critical function of the olfactory system: the ability to discriminate between different odor molecules.

Keywords: olfactory system; synaptic organization; odor; synaptic circuits; sensory neurons

Chapter.  22203 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Neuroscience

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