Benefits of pathway splitting in sensory coding.

@article{Gjorgjieva2014BenefitsOP,
  title={Benefits of pathway splitting in sensory coding.},
  author={Julijana Gjorgjieva and Haim Sompolinsky and Markus Meister},
  journal={The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience},
  year={2014},
  volume={34 36},
  pages={12127-44}
}
In many sensory systems, the neural signal splits into multiple parallel pathways. For example, in the mammalian retina, ~20 types of retinal ganglion cells transmit information about the visual scene to the brain. The purpose of this profuse and early pathway splitting remains unknown. We examine a common instance of splitting into ON and OFF neurons excited by increments and decrements of light intensity in the visual scene, respectively. We test the hypothesis that pathway splitting enables… CONTINUE READING
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