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Fw: Synchronizing the Brain's Signals

Ron Blue rcb5 at msn.com
Fri Sep 14 00:04:34 EST 2001


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From: "Patrick Wilken" <patrickw at MAIL.CSSE.MONASH.EDU.AU>
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Sent: Friday, June 22, 2001 3:12 AM
Subject: NEWS: Synchronizing the Brain's Signals


> Volume 292, Number 5525, Issue of 22 Jun 2001, p. 2233.
> http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/summary/292/5525/2233
>
> NEUROSCIENCE:
> Synchronizing the Brain's Signals
> Laura Helmuth
>
> Sometimes neurons get so excited that they fire in harmony, but
neuroscientists
> aren't sure what it means. Some have suggested that this synchronized
firing
> allows the brain to perform certain sophisticated computations, but there
are a
> lot of holes in that idea. For starters, no one knew how neurons pick up
on the
> synchrony and pass it along. Now researchers may have provided a partial
answer
> to that question. On page 2295, they report results suggesting that
networks of
> fast-spiking (FS) cells, a type of inhibitory neuron, could play a central
role
> in detecting and fostering synchrony in the cortex, the large outer region
of
> the brain that processes everything from complicated images to math
problems.
>
> Full text, pay per view:
> http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/292/5525/2233

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