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      Cortical connectivity and sensory coding.

      Nature

      physiology, cytology, Visual Cortex, Somatosensory Cortex, Sensory Receptor Cells, Neural Pathways, Models, Neurological, Interneurons, Cerebral Cortex, Auditory Cortex, Animals

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          The sensory cortex contains a wide array of neuronal types, which are connected together into complex but partially stereotyped circuits. Sensory stimuli trigger cascades of electrical activity through these circuits, causing specific features of sensory scenes to be encoded in the firing patterns of cortical populations. Recent research is beginning to reveal how the connectivity of individual neurons relates to the sensory features they encode, how differences in the connectivity patterns of different cortical cell classes enable them to encode information using different strategies, and how feedback connections from higher-order cortex allow sensory information to be integrated with behavioural context.

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          10.1038/nature12654
          24201278

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