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Microcircuitry of the Neocortex

Henry Markram

in Handbook of Brain Microcircuits

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Published in print August 2010 | ISBN: 9780195389883
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199965137 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780195389883.003.0003
Microcircuitry of the Neocortex

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The neocortex is a sheet of neurons organized in six layers, each receiving and projecting to specific brain areas depending on the neocortical region. This neuronal sheet, with some exceptions, displays very little horizontal anatomical segregation, but it is dynamically segregated into functional modules during stimulation. This chapter discusses the principal neurons of the neocortex, the interneurons, target selectivity in the neocortex, heterogeneity of synaptic dynamics, and alterations in disease.

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Subjects: Development of the Nervous System

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