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A Systems Perspective on Early Olfactory Coding

Laurent, Gilles (1999) A Systems Perspective on Early Olfactory Coding. Science, 286 (5440). pp. 723-728. ISSN 0036-8075. doi:10.1126/science.286.5440.723.

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This review critically examines neuronal coding strategies and how they might apply to olfactory processing. Basic notions such as identity, spatial, temporal, and correlation codes are defined and different perspectives are brought to the study of neural codes. Odors as physical stimuli and their processing by the early olfactory system, one or two synapses away from the receptors, are discussed. Finally, the concept of lateral inhibition, as usually understood and applied to odor coding by mitral (or equivalent) cells, is challenged and extended to a broader context, possibly more appropriate for olfactory processing.

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Additional Information:© 1999 American Association for the Advancement of Science. Work in the author's laboratory was supported by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (of NIH) and the Alfred P. Sloan and the Keck Foundations. Many thanks to M. Rabinovich, H. Abarbanel, B. Smith, S. Shimojo, P. Perona, S. Laughlin, P. Mombaerts, R. Friedrich, E. Schuman, L. Kay, and A. Bäcker for discussions.
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Official Citation:A Systems Perspective on Early Olfactory Coding Gilles Laurent Science 22 October 1999: 286 (5440), 723-728. [DOI:10.1126/science.286.5440.723]
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