Martinotti cells

Arthur Arthur
Tue Jun 16 08:04:16 EST 1998


Please post details on the specialized functions of the cells
populating the six Laminae of the human neocortex.  For instance,
http://www.mhri.edu.au/~dma/papers/acnn97a and also
http://www2.umndnj.edu/~neuro/handouts/cortex1.htm are the only
two detailed sources of AltaVista information on the
"cells of Martinotti."

What is the *cognitive* role of the Martinotti cells?
Why do they have such short axons and dendrons?
What do they contribute to the make-up of the mind?

Please help to brain-map a Unified Theory of Cognition:
<PRE>
  Hearing    Vision    Concepts Volition Emotion   Motor Output
 /iiiiiii\  /!i!i!i!\                             /YYYYYYYYYYYY\
| ||||||| || ||||||| |  B H   E                  | |||||||||||| |
| ||||||| || | ___ | |  + +   +                  | |||||||||||| |
| ||||||| ||  /   \  |  +----/ \                 | |S|||||||||| |
| ||||||| || (bears)-|--+ + (eat)                | |H|||||||||| |
| ||||||| ||  \___/  |  + +  \_/                 | |A|||||||||| |
| ||||||| ||         |  + +---+             __   | |K|||||||||| |
| || |||| ||         |  +------------------/  \  | |E|||R|||||| |
| ||e-----||---------|--------+    ____   (fear)-|--*|||U|||K|| |
| |a||||| ||   ___   |  + +   +   /    \---\__/  | |||||N|||I|| |
| |||t||| ||  /   \  |  + +---+  / de-  \--------|------*|||L|| |
| ||| ||| || (honey)-|----+   + (  ci-   )       | |||||||||L|| |
| ||||||| ||  \___/  |  +--------\ sion /--------|----------*|| |
| ||||||| ||         |  + +   +   \____/         | |||||||||||| |
</PRE>



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