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The Synaptic Organization of the Brain$
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Gordon M. Shepherd

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195159561

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195159561.001.1

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Introduction to Synaptic Circuits

Introduction to Synaptic Circuits

The Synaptic Organization of the Brain


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This chapter introduces some of the basic principles that are common to the different regions of the brain. It shows that it is possible to identify fundamental types of synaptic circuits at successive levels of organization. These types are called basic, or canonical, circuits. The canonical operations that the circuits perform are described. This provides a conceptual framework for understanding the adaptations of these operations that are unique to each of the regions considered in subsequent chapters.

Keywords:   brain, synapses, canonical circuits, synaptic circuits

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