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Neuron transmission speeds, relative to size

Ron Blue rcb1 at LEX.LCCC.EDU
Wed Jul 10 11:26:50 EST 1996

On 9 Jul 1996, Bill Skaggs wrote:
> On the whole, neurons with thicker axons conduct impulses faster,
> because their resistance per unit length is lower.  Thicker axons
> impose greater metabolic demands, requiring more metabolic machinery,
> some of which is localized to the cell body.  Therefore fast-
> conducting neurons tend to have large cell bodies.  There is not,
> however, any direct causal relationship between cell size and
> conduction velocity.
> 	-- Bill
Assuming that neurons are controling the timing of firing relative to
each other, main branches that are transfering common information
should have a common carrier modulation.  Is their then a relationship
between size and alpha, theta, gamma, etc.  Ron Blue

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