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Title The computing dendrite : from structure to function / Hermann Cuntz, Michiel W. Remme, Benjamin Torben-Nielsen, editors.

Published New York : Springer, 2014.


Location Call No. Status
Physical description 1 online resource (350 pages).
Series Springer series in computational neuroscience ; volume 11
Springer series in computational neuroscience ; volume 11.
Contents Part 1. Dendritic morphology -- Part 2. Dendritic computation.
Notes Includes index.
Summary Neuronal dendritic trees are complex structures that endow the cell with powerful computing capabilities and allow for high neural interconnectivity. Studying the function of dendritic structures has a long tradition in theoretical neuroscience, starting with the pioneering work by Wilfrid Rall in the 1950s. Recent advances in experimental techniques allow us to study dendrites with a new perspective and in greater detail. The goal of this volume is to provide a rsum of the state-of-the-art in experimental, computational, and mathematical investigations into the functions of dendrites in a variety of neural systems. Thebook firstlooks at morphological properties of dendrites and summarizes the approaches to measure dendrite morphology quantitatively and to actually generate synthetic dendrite morphologies in computer models. This morphological characterization ranges from the study of fractal principles to describe dendrite topologies, to the consequences of optimization principles for dendrite shape. Individual approaches are collected to study the aspects of dendrite shape that relate directly to underlying circuit constraints and computation. The second main theme focuses on how dendrites contribute to the computations that neurons perform. What role do dendritic morphology andthe distributions of synapses and membrane properties over the dendritic tree have in determining the output of a neuron in response to its input? A wide range of studies is brought together, with topics ranging from general to system-specific phenomenasome having a strong experimental component, and others being fully theoretical. The studies come from many different neural systems and animal species ranging from invertebrates to mammals. Withthis broad focus, an overview is given of the diversity of mechanisms that dendrites can employ to shape neural computations.
Notes Description based on print version record.
Other author Cuntz, Hermann, editor of compilation.
Remme, Michiel W. H., editor of compilation.
Torben-Nielsen, Benjamin, editor of compilation.
Subject Dendrites.
Electronic books.
ISBN 9781461480945 (electronic bk.)
1461480949 (electronic bk.)
Standard Number 10.1007/978-1-4614-8094-5