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Published 1989 | public
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Circuit Models of Sensory Transduction in the Cochlea


Nonlinear signal processing is an integral part of sensory transduction in the nervous system. Sensory inputs are analog, continuous-time signals with a large dynamic range, whereas central neurons encode information with limited dynamic range and temporal specificity, using fixed-width, fixed-height pulses. Sensory transduction uses nonlinear signal processing to reduce real-world input to a neural representation, with a minimal loss of information.

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© 1989 Kluwer Academic. We thank R. Lyon for valuable contributions throughout the project. We thank R. Lyon, M. Mahowald, L. Dupre; and D. Gillespie, for critically reading and correcting the manuscript. We thank Hewlett-Packard for computing support, and DARPA and MOSIS for chip fabrication. This work was sponsored by the Office of Naval Research and the System Development Foundation.

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