[Neuroscience] Re: Distant connections between neurons

r norman NotMyRealEmail at _comcast.net
Sat Mar 25 19:01:03 EST 2006


On 25 Mar 2006 15:12:33 -0800, "chadmaester"
<chad.d.johnson at gmail.com> wrote:

>And let me ask one more thing:
>
>I've read that neurons can have several thousand connections. This is
>rather vague - does this mean that a single neuron directly or
>indirectly has this many connections?

Yes, one neuron can send out synaptic connections to many thousand
other cells, mostly nearby but also at some distance.  This is called
"divergence".  At the same time one neuron can receive synaptic inputs
from many thousands of other cells, mostly nearby but also from some
distance.  This is called "convergence".




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