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Refractoriness and Neural Precision

Berry, Michael, II and Meister, Markus (1997) Refractoriness and Neural Precision. In: Advances in neural information processing systems 10 : proceedings of the 1997 conference. MIT Press , Cambridge, MA, pp. 110-116. ISBN 9780262100762.

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The relationship between a neuron's refractory period and the precision of its response to identical stimuli was investigated. We constructed a model of a spiking neuron that combines probabilistic firing with a refractory period. For realistic refractoriness, the model closely reproduced both the average firing rate and the response precision of a retinal ganglion cell. The model is based on a "free" firing rate, which exists in the absence of refractoriness. This function may be a better description of a spiking neuron's response than the peri-stimulus time histogram.

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Additional Information:We would like to thank Mike DeWeese for many useful conversations. One of us, MJB, acknowledges the support of the National Eye Institute. The other, MM, acknowledges the support of the National Science Foundation.
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