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A New Approach to Synaptic Interactions


Poggio,  T
Former Department Information Processing in Insects, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Max Planck Society;
Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Max Planck Society;

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Poggio, T., & Torre, V. (1978). A New Approach to Synaptic Interactions. In R. Heim, & G. Palm (Eds.), Theoretical Approaches to Complex Systems (pp. 89-115). Berlin, Germany: Springer.

Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0006-7696-C
Two types of signals are used by nerve cells: graded potentials and action potentials. The graded potentials are passively conducted and play an important role at special regions such as at junctions between cells. The action potentials are conducted, regenerative impulses that do not decrease over distances. Recent research suggests that localized graded potentials may play an essential information processing role and underly the integrative function of neurons; action potentials mainly serve a transmission and transduction purpose (Kuffler and Nicholls, 1977).