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Chillemi S., Barbi M., Di Garbo A. A network of interneurons couplet by electrical synapses behaves as a coincidence detector. In: IWINAC - Bio-inspired Modeling of Cognitive Tasks. Second International Work-Conference on the Interplay Between Natural and Artificial Computation (La Manga del Mar Menor, Spain, 18-21 June 2007). Proceedings, pp. 81 - 89. José Mira, José R. Álvarez (eds.). (Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol. 4527). Springer, 2007.
Recent experiments show that inhibitory interneurons are coupled by electrical synapses. In this paper the information transmis- sion properties of a network of three interneurons, coupled by electri- cal synapses alone, are studied by means of numerical simulations. It is shown that the network is capable to transfer the information contained in its presynapstic inputs when they are near synchronous: i.e. the net- work behaves as a coincidence detector. Thus, it is hypothesized that this property hold in general for networks of larger size. Lastly it is shown that these findings agree with recent experimental data.
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-540-73053-8_8
Subject Interneuron networks

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