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Neuron. 2010 Nov 4;68(3):329-31. doi: 10.1016/j.neuron.2010.10.023.

Spike timing improves olfactory capabilities in mammals.

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  • Department of Physiology and Biophysics, Anschutz Medical Campus, University of Colorado, Aurora, CO, 80045 USA. marius.peelen@unitn.it


An issue that has puzzled neuroscientists for decades is what role, if any, temporal patterning of action potentials has in determining behavior. A study in this issue of Neuron by Cury and Uchida in the rat olfactory system provides evidence that such patterns could help mammals to identify and discriminate odors.

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