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

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

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication23 Problems in Systems Neuroscience
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199864676
ISBN (Print)0195148223, 9780195148220
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2009
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Neuroscience(all)

Keywords

  • Auditory neurons
  • Coincidences
  • Computation
  • Neurons
  • Phase lock
  • Tasks
  • Temporal information
  • Temporal patterns

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