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Trends Neurosci. 2005 Jan;28(1):1-4.

Spike times make sense.

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Centre de Recherche Cerveau et Cognition, 133 Route de Narbonne, 31062 Toulouse Cedex, France. rufin.vanrullen@cerco.ups-tlse.fr

Abstract

Many behavioral responses are completed too quickly for the underlying sensory processes to rely on estimation of neural firing rates over extended time windows. Theoretically, first-spike times could underlie such rapid responses, but direct evidence has been lacking. Such evidence has now been uncovered in the human somatosensory system. We discuss these findings and their potential generalization to other sensory modalities, and we consider some future challenges for the neuroscientific community.

PMID:
15626490
DOI:
10.1016/j.tins.2004.10.010
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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