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Curr Opin Neurobiol. 2002 Aug;12(4):441-7.

Population coding in somatosensory cortex.

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Cognitive Neuroscience Sector, International School for Advanced Studies, Via Beirut 2/4, 34014, Trieste, Italy.


Computational analyses have begun to elucidate which components of somatosensory cortical population activity may encode basic stimulus features. Recent results from rat barrel cortex suggest that the essence of this code is not synergistic spike patterns, but rather the precise timing of single neuron's first post-stimulus spikes. This may form the basis for a fast, robust population code.

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