Multiple routes to similar network output

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Neuronal networks are built from neurons with different properties and from synapses of different strengths. Modeling suggests that networks can tune these parameters to many different combinations that nonetheless produce very similar network outputs.

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Figure 1: Example illustrating how different combinations of synaptic strength and intrinsic neuron properties could produce outputs that have the same cycle period, spike number and phase relationships (albeit with fine differences in action potential timing and slow-wave trajectories).

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Hooper, S. Multiple routes to similar network output. Nat Neurosci 7, 1287–1288 (2004) doi:10.1038/nn1204-1287

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