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Brain, Perception, MemoryAdvances in Cognitive Neuroscience$
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Johan J. Bolhuis

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780198524823

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198524823.001.0001

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Response synchronization, a neuronal code for relatedness

Response synchronization, a neuronal code for relatedness

(p.35) 3 Response synchronization, a neuronal code for relatedness
Brain, Perception, Memory

Wolf Singer

Oxford University Press

This chapter argues that the brain can process stimulus information accurately within the millisecond range. Such amazing precision cannot rely on the activity of individual neurons, but needs a neuronal assembly. The key to the relatedness of the responses of neurons in an assembly is in the synchronicity of individual discharges. Neurons need to be able to synchronize their discharges with a precision that is within the millisecond range. This chapter also explains that the nervous system binds the pattern elements that induce synchronized responses and interprets them as components of a coherent figure and neuronal responses can also become synchronized internally, in the absence of external stimuli. Towards the end of this chapter, it is argued that response synchronization also plays a role in memory.

Keywords:   neurons, neuronal assembly, relatedness, nervous system, response synchronization

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