publication . Other literature type . Article . 2008

Noise in the nervous system.

Aldo Faisal;
  • Published: 01 Apr 2008
  • Publisher: Springer Science and Business Media LLC
Random disturbances of signals, termed ‘noise’, pose a fundamental problem for information processing and affect all aspects of nervous-system function. However, the nature, amount and impact of noise in the nervous system have only recently been addressed in a quantitative manner. Experimental and computational methods have shown that multiple noise sources contribute to cellular and behavioural trial-to-trial variability. We review the sources of noise in the nervous system, from the molecular to the behavioural level, and show how noise contributes to trial-to-trial variability. We highlight how noise affects neuronal networks and the principles the nervous s...
free text keywords: Nervous system, medicine.anatomical_structure, medicine, Psychology, Neuronal noise, Bruit, medicine.symptom, Information processing, Neural variability, Information theory, Neuroscience, Nerve net, Article
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