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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Professor William Kristan describes difficulties in building excitatory and inhibitory networks, which can either run out of control or remain inactive.
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.
Professor Tom O'Dell discusses synaptic plasticity - the strengthening and weakening of synaptic connections between neurons.
Professor William Kristan describes techniques for studying connectivity patterns in neurons and how they affect motor behavior.
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.
It is increasingly clear that the nonneuronal brain cells called glia are intricately involved in the neuronal crosstalk at synapses.
Mental retardation: struggle, stigma, science.
The idea that drug addiction is a result of 'learning gone wild' was bolstered by several reports.
Professor Tom O'Dell comments that phosphorylation plays a crucial role in synaptic plasticity.