Professor William Kristan explains that synaptic networks are a connection of cells, all of which perform the same function (e.g. inhibition, modulation).
Well, a synaptic network is all those cells that are connected to one another. There are lots of different kinds of synapses, there are excitatory and inhibitory, chemical, electrical, modulatory. A network of cells are the ones that are all involved in doing the same thing and so these are the synapses that are connecting among them, that are the interface, the connections.
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1091. Studying Excitatory and Inhibitory Networks
Professor William Kristan describes difficulties in building excitatory and inhibitory networks, which can either run out of control or remain inactive.
1090. Synaptic and Neuronal Networks - Differences
Professor William Kristan explains that synaptic networks differ from neuronal networks in that they are relevant to HOW cells interact.
Unlike other organs, the brain has evolved to adapt to the environment. This unique ability is driven by communication between many billions of neurons.
1108. Synaptic Plasticity (1)
Professor Tom O'Dell discusses synaptic plasticity - the strengthening and weakening of synaptic connections between neurons.
1273. Inferring Behavior from Neuronal Networks
Professor William Kristan describes techniques for studying connectivity patterns in neurons and how they affect motor behavior.
485. GABA Neurotransmitter
Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) is a very common neurotransmitter in the Central Nervous System, whose primary function is to inhibit the transmission of a signal through a neuron.
863. Rethinking Glia
It is increasingly clear that the nonneuronal brain cells called glia are intricately involved in the neuronal crosstalk at synapses.
865. Mental Retardation
Mental retardation: struggle, stigma, science.
837. Addiction as Overlearning
The idea that drug addiction is a result of 'learning gone wild' was bolstered by several reports.
1106. Phosphorylation and Synaptic Plasticity
Professor Tom O'Dell comments that phosphorylation plays a crucial role in synaptic plasticity.