Structural Basis for Signal Processing

Challenge of the Synaptic Nests
  • D. Kent Morest


The synaptic nest represents a structural pattern and a concept whose time have come for serious consideration in the effort to understand the mechanisms responsible for signal coding in the auditory system. Synaptic nests have an organization which makes it difficult to explain mechanisms of signal processing based on current assumptions about the primacy of cell types and their discrete circuits. Synaptic nests occur in many other parts of the central nervous system, including other sensory nuclei and the cerebellum, although this is not very well appreciated at present. Thus their functional significance has general implications for understanding the function of the nervous system.


Mossy Fiber Cochlear Nucleus Principal Cell Mitt Cell Dorsal Cochlear Nucleus 
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  • D. Kent Morest
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  1. 1.Department of Anatomy Center for Neurological SciencesThe University of Connecticut Health CenterFarmingtonUSA

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