Somatosensory Cortical Unit Responses of Long Duration

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SINGLE cortical neurones have been reported to yield a short, high-frequency burst of action potentials in response to electrical stimulation of the contralateral body surface1–4. We have found, however, that cortical neurones so excited usually respond with a long complex pattern of action potentials lasting from 140–2,000 ms.

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ZIMMERMAN, I., KREISMAN, N. Somatosensory Cortical Unit Responses of Long Duration. Nature 227, 1361–1363 (1970) doi:10.1038/2271361a0

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