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Beyond NeurotransmissionNeuromodulation and its Importance for Information Processing$
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Paul Katz

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198524243

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198524243.001.0001

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What are we talking about? Modes of neuronal communication

What are we talking about? Modes of neuronal communication

(p.1) 1 What are we talking about? Modes of neuronal communication
Beyond Neurotransmission

Paul S. Katz

Oxford University Press

Neurotransmission is almost universally accepted as the primary means of communication between neurons. Thus, most discussions of information flow and circuit organization in the nervous system include only neurotransmission. Yet there are many instances where interneuronal communication does not display all of these traits. In fact, the vast majority of substances that are synthesized and released by neurons have some effects that would not fit this characterization of neurotransmission. Thus, to fully comprehend how information is conveyed in the brain, we must look beyond simple neurotransmission and into other modes of neuronal communication.

Keywords:   neurotransmission, neurons, means of communication, nervous system, neuronal communication, information flow

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