[Neuroscience] Re: Long-term potentiation and depression

Entertained by my own EIMC via neur-sci%40net.bio.net (by decoy from mindyaown.biz)
Thu Jun 12 22:40:52 EST 2008

"r norman" <r_s_norman from _comcast.net> wrote in message 
news:9hk3541so7j4teh5f252hmo27colba36gt from 4ax.com...
> On Fri, 13 Jun 2008 11:24:40 +1000, "Entertained by my own EIMC"
> <decoy from mindyaown.biz> wrote:
>>"Christian Wilms" <usenet02 from out-of-phase.de> wrote in message
>>news:1iifgvx.1y7rwd71anserqN%usenet02 from out-of-phase.de...
>>> I think in general short-term plasticity refers to changes lasting
>>> seconds and minutes, while long-term refers to changes lasting hours
>>> (though 30 minutes is commonly considered to be long-enough-term for
>>> experimental purposes ;)
>>That a brainscientist (presumably) can be so narrow-minded as to limit his
>>definition of LTP to "hours" is *almost* unbelievable, to me.
> What is unbelievable?  I understood "hours" to mean "hours or more".

I think hours - e.g. from 2 - 24 for all I care - of LTP might be enough to 
cause life-long changes of some excitatory and inhibitory interneurons.

I understand how - but I still find it hard to take *that* - so many people 
(especially people who purport, or whose job it is to try, to understand 
'how we tick') don't see much beyond a narrow (too narrow) field of 

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