Refractoriness and neural precision

Michael J. Berry, Markus Meister

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAdvances in Neural Information Processing Systems 10 - Proceedings of the 1997 Conference, NIPS 1997
PublisherNeural information processing systems foundation
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)0262100762, 9780262100762
StatePublished - 1998
Externally publishedYes
Event11th Annual Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems, NIPS 1997 - Denver, CO, United States
Duration: Dec 1 1997Dec 6 1997

Publication series

NameAdvances in Neural Information Processing Systems
ISSN (Print)1049-5258


Other11th Annual Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems, NIPS 1997
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityDenver, CO

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Information Systems
  • Signal Processing


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