Research breakthrough in understanding how neural systems pr
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A team of scientists has made a breakthrough in the quest to better understand how neural systems are able to process and store information.

The researchers have made a significant discovery in how a single cell can store electrical patterns, similar to memories. They found that a single neuron is able to select between different patterns, dependent on the properties of each individual stimulus.

Researchers demonstrate this phenomenon in a real biological cell. They establish a critical role of the delay resulting from the finite propagation speed of electrical impulses in the emergence of persistent multiple-spike patterns. They predict the coexistence of a number of such patterns in a mathematical model and use a biological cell subject to a dynamic clamp to confirm our predictions in a living mammalian system.

The research offers a new step towards developing a greater understanding of how information is encoded and stored in the brain, which could open up fresh insights into the cause and treatment of conditions such as dementia.

Journal of the Royal Society Interface
Source: https://doi.org/10.1098/rsif.2021.0029
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