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    Variability is a ubiquitous aspect of neural recordings. In an influential paper, Churchland et al. (2010) compiled data from many cortical areas to demonstrate that variability generally decreases upon presentation of a stimulus. What are the implications of this finding?

    • Adrienne L. Fairhall
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    The locus coeruleus is known to be an essential source of neuromodulation that influences sensory processing, including the enhancement of feature selectivity associated with attentional focus. A new study shows that the primary sensory thalamus encompasses one circuit that underlies this enhancement.

    • Tingting Zhou
    •  & Michael M Halassa