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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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The future of dendrite research

(p.551) Chapter 21 Conclusion

Michael Häusser

Nelson Spruston

Greg Stuart

Oxford University Press

Despite tremendous progress, the most exciting times in dendrite research lie ahead of us. Much of the knowledge we have accumulated to date has been descriptive. Although we have amassed a detailed catalog of structural features and molecular machinery, and discovered a wide repertoire of functional effects imparted by the dendritic tree, how these features allow neuronal networks to generate behavior remains elusive. Two key questions that need to be addressed at this stage are: What computations does each neuron perform within its neuronal network? And which features of dendrites are most relevant to how the neuron performs these computations?

Keywords:   dendrite research, dendritic tree, neuronal networks, behavior, neuron, computations

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