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The Dynamic Brain: An Exploration of Neuronal Variability and Its Functional Significance

Mingzhou Ding, PhD and Dennis Glanzman,PhD


Neuronal responses to identically presented stimuli are extremely variable. This variability has in the past often been regarded as “noise.” At the single neuron level, interspike interval (ISI) histograms constructed during either spontaneous or stimulus-evoked activity reveal a Poisson type distribution. These observations have been taken as evidence that neurons are intrinsically “noisy” in their firing properties. More recent attempts to measure the information content of single neuron spike trains have revealed that a surprising amount of information can be coded in spike trains even in ... More

Keywords: neuronal variability, neural spike trains, electroencephalography, brain activity networks, noise, fMRI, brain disorders, computational modeling, cognition, Poisson model

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Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780195393798
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195393798.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mingzhou Ding, PhD, editor
Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Florida

Dennis Glanzman,PhD, editor
National Institute of Mental Health

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