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Annu Rev Neurosci. 2000;23:613-47.

Neural representation and the cortical code.

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Keck Center for Integrative Neuroscience, University of California, San Francisco 94143-0732, USA. decharms@keck.ucsf.edu

Abstract

The principle function of the central nervous system is to represent and transform information and thereby mediate appropriate decisions and behaviors. The cerebral cortex is one of the primary seats of the internal representations maintained and used in perception, memory, decision making, motor control, and subjective experience, but the basic coding scheme by which this information is carried and transformed by neurons is not yet fully understood. This article defines and reviews how information is represented in the firing rates and temporal patterns of populations of cortical neurons, with a particular emphasis on how this information mediates behavior and experience.

PMID:
10845077
DOI:
10.1146/annurev.neuro.23.1.613
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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