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Nat Neurosci. 2013 Aug;16(8):991-3. doi: 10.1038/nn.3432. Epub 2013 Jun 23.

Information for decision-making and stimulus identification is multiplexed in sensory cortex.

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Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, University of Colorado Medical School, Aurora, Colorado, USA.

Abstract

In recordings from anterior piriform cortex in awake behaving mice, we found that neuronal firing early in the olfactory pathway simultaneously conveyed fundamentally different information: odor value (is the odor rewarded?) and identity (what is the smell?). Thus, this sensory system performs early multiplexing of information reflecting stimulus-specific characteristics with that used for decision-making.

PMID:
23792942
PMCID:
PMC3725200
DOI:
10.1038/nn.3432
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