Why dont we hear/see individual neural firing events??

Kevin Spencer kspencer at s.psych.uiuc.edu
Wed Oct 2 12:53:28 EST 1996

D.Banks at surrey.ac.uk (Danny Banks) writes:

>I recall an article in a magazine or journal not too long ago that suggested
>that some signal analysis systems could benefit from having a specific
>level of noise in them; i.e. that there was an optimal noise level for
>processing the signal - too little or too much noise would cause the
>performance of the system to suffer. The ear / auditory system was presented
>as an example of such a system.

>Unfortunately I can't remember what journal or magazine this was in. I seem
>to recall that some mathematical analysis was presented to support the
>article, so it could have been a decent scientific publication :-/

There was an article in Scientific American in the last year or so on
this topic -- stochastic resonance.

Kevin Spencer
Cognitive Psychophysiology Laboratory and Beckman Institute
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
kspencer at p300.cpl.uiuc.edu

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