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From Neurons to Brain: Adaptive Self-Wiring of Neurons

Segev, Ronen and Ben-Jacob, Eshel (1998) From Neurons to Brain: Adaptive Self-Wiring of Neurons. [Journal (Paginated)]

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Abstract

During embryonic morpho-genesis, a collection of individual neurons turns into a functioning network with unique capabilities. Only recently has this most staggering example of emergent process in the natural world, began to be studied. Here we propose a navigational strategy for neurites growth cones, based on sophisticated chemical signaling. We further propose that the embryonic environment (the neurons and the glia cells) acts as an excitable media in which concentric and spiral chemical waves are formed. Together with the navigation strategy, the chemical waves provide a mechanism for communication, regulation, and control required for the adaptive self-wiring of neurons.

Item Type:Journal (Paginated)
Keywords:excitable wave, self-wiring, neural networks, growth cone, chemotaxis
Subjects:Neuroscience > Biophysics
Biology > Theoretical Biology
Neuroscience > Computational Neuroscience
Computer Science > Dynamical Systems
Neuroscience > Neuroanatomy
Neuroscience > Neural Modelling
Neuroscience > Neurophysiology
ID Code:57
Deposited By:Segev, Ronen
Deposited On:06 Aug 1998
Last Modified:11 Mar 2011 08:53

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