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Greg Stuart, Nelson Spruston, and Michael Häusser

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780198566564

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198566564.001.0001

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Why have dendrites?

Why have dendrites?

A computational perspective

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(p.420) (p.421) Chapter 16 Why have dendrites?
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Dendrites
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Bartlett W. Mel

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198566564.003.0016

This chapter is concerned with how dendritic trees may contribute to the information-processing functions of individual nerve cells in the CNS. After reviewing the history of ideas about dendritic integration, beginning with several influential modeling studies of the 1980s, it focuses on the pyramidal neuron of the cerebral cortex and hippocampus. It describes a sequence of models of increasing complexity, beginning with the classical “point neuron” model, and ending with a highly articulated single-neuron abstraction consisting of multiple integrative subunits organized into multiple processing layers.

Keywords:   dendritic trees, information-processing functions, nerve cells, CNS, hippocampus, point neuron model

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