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23 Problems in Systems Neuroscience$
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J. Leo van Hemmen and Terrence J. Sejnowski

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195148220

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195148220.001.0001

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

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

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(p.245) 12 Are Neurons Adapted for Specific Computations? Examples from Temporal Coding in the Auditory System
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23 Problems in Systems Neuroscience
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C. E. Carr

S. Iyer

D. Soares

S. Kalluri

J. Z. Simon

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195148220.003.0012

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

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