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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 Bulb

Olfactory Bulb

Chapter:
(p.165) 5 OLFACTORY BULB
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The Synaptic Organization of the Brain
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GORDON M. SHEPHERD

WEI R. CHEN

CHARLES A. GREER

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195159561.003.0005

The olfactory bulb is an outgrowth of the forebrain, specialized for processing the molecular signals that give rise to the sense of smell. It receives sensory input from the olfactory sensory neurons and sends its output directly to the olfactory cortex. This chapter focuses on the principles of synaptic organization underlying a critical function of the olfactory system: the ability to discriminate between different odor molecules.

Keywords:   olfactory system, synaptic organization, odor, synaptic circuits, sensory neurons

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