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Cerebral PlasticityNew Perspectives$
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Leo M. Chalupa, Nicoletta Berardi, Matteo Caleo, Lucia Galli-Resta, and Tommaso Pizzorusso

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780262015233

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262015233.001.0001

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Time Matters

Time Matters

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Cerebral Plasticity

Singer Wolf

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This chapter presents the literature on the role of synaptic plasticity in development and learning. It analyzes the precise timing of spikes matters both in signal processing and synaptic plasticity. It states that cortical networks are capable of exploiting precise temporal relations among the discharges of interconnected neurons both for signal processing and for the induction of use-dependent synaptic gain changes. This chapter supports the hypothesis that oscillations and the associated synchronization of spike discharges play a crucial role in the coordination of distributed neuronal processing, and the gating of synaptic plasticity.

Keywords:   synaptic plasticity, precise spike timing, spikes, signal processing, cortical networks, oscillations, neuronal processing, synchronization

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