What Is Stochastic Resonance? Definitions, Misconceptions, Debates, and Its Relevance to Biology

@article{McDonnell2009WhatIS,
  title={What Is Stochastic Resonance? Definitions, Misconceptions, Debates, and Its Relevance to Biology},
  author={Mark D. McDonnell and Derek Abbott},
  journal={PLoS Computational Biology},
  year={2009},
  volume={5},
  pages={e30 - 303}
}
Stochastic resonance is said to be observed when increases in levels of unpredictable fluctuations--e.g., random noise--cause an increase in a metric of the quality of signal transmission or detection performance, rather than a decrease. This counterintuitive effect relies on system nonlinearities and on some parameter ranges being "suboptimal". Stochastic resonance has been observed, quantified, and described in a plethora of physical and biological systems, including neurons. Being a topic of… CONTINUE READING
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