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The onset response pattern displayed by octopus cells has been attributed to intrinsic membrane properties, low membrane impedance, and/or synaptic inputs. Although the importance of a low membrane impedance generally is acknowledged as an essential component, views differ on the role that ion channels play in producing the onset response. In this study, we(More)
The octopus cells of the posteroventral cochlear nucleus receive inputs from auditory-nerve fibers and form one of the major ascending auditory pathways. They respond to acoustic and electrical stimulation transiently and are believed to carry temporal information in the precise timing of their action potentials. The mechanism whereby onset responses are(More)
We describe a simple program to simulate neural responses. This program is based on the compartmental approach, in which all compartments of a neuron (i.e. axon, soma or dendrite) are represented by the same basic electrical structure. A parameter file is used to store the model parameters, including the nonlinear channel characteristics of each(More)
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