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Curr Opin Neurobiol. 2001 Aug;11(4):475-80.

Energy as a constraint on the coding and processing of sensory information.

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  • 1Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge, Downing Street, CB2 3EJ, Cambridge, UK. sl104@cam.ac.uk

Abstract

Neurons use significant amounts of energy to generate signals. Recent studies of retina and brain connect this energy usage to the ability to transmit information. The identification of energy-efficient neural circuits and codes suggests new ways of understanding the function, design and evolution of nervous systems.

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