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Greg Stuart, Nelson Spruston, and Michael Häusser

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198745273

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198745273.001.0001

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Linking dendritic processing to computation and behavior in invertebrates

Linking dendritic processing to computation and behavior in invertebrates

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(p.639) Chapter 23 Linking dendritic processing to computation and behavior in invertebrates
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Dendrites
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Richard B. Dewell

Fabrizio Gabbiani

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198745273.003.0023

This chapter summarizes results obtained in invertebrate preparations on the dendritic processing of neural information. Connecting the cellular characteristics of neurons to the information processed by neural networks can be extremely difficult, but ultimately must be accomplished to build a mechanistic understanding of the nervous system. In invertebrates there has been less investigation specifically into dendritic function, but this research is generally well grounded in the ecological and behavioral context of the neural processing. Thus, invertebrate model systems have proven favorable to connect the function of dendrites to neuronal networks and to behavioral input–output relations, in part because of the compactness of their nervous systems. A series of vignettes illustrate recent research on invertebrate dendrites and their roles in neural function. While the ecology of the animals and the neural morphology might differ from those of vertebrates, the dendritic mechanisms and neural challenges are identical to those of other animals. Invertebrate models have much to teach us about how the nervous system functions, including in vertebrates.

Keywords:   dendrite, neural information, invertebrates, dendritic processing, neural processing, behavioral input–output

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