Stochastic Resonance in a Neuronal Network from Mammalian Brain

Bruce J. Gluckman, Theoden I. Netoff, Emily J. Neel, William L. Spano, Mark L. Spano, Steven J. Schiff

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Abstract

Stochastic resonance, a nonlinear phenomenon in which random noise optimizes a system’s response to a signal, has been postulated to provide a role for noise in information processing in the brain. In these experiments, a time varying electric field was used to deliver both signal and noise directly to a network of neurons from mammalian brain. As the magnitude of the stochastic component of the field was increased, resonance was observed in the response of the neuronal network to a weak periodic signal. This is the first demonstration of stochastic resonance in neuronal networks from the brain.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4098-4101
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical review letters
Volume77
Issue number19
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 4 1996

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