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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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Olfactory Cortex

Olfactory Cortex

The Synaptic Organization of the Brain



Oxford University Press

The olfactory cortex is well suited for the analysis of questions related to mechanisms of sensory discrimination, including learning-related plasticity. With a comparatively simple structure, it is able to process the complex spatial and temporal patterns of neuronal activity that constitute the olfactory code. This chapter discusses the general organization of the olfactory cortex, covering its neuronal elements, synaptic connections, basic circuit, synaptic actions, neurotransmitters, membrane and dendritic properties, and functional operations.

Keywords:   brain regions, synaptic connections, synaptic circuits, dendritic membrane properties

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