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Orchestrating the activity of cell populations for physiological functioning of the brain, organs, and musculature depends on transmission of signals, learning and memory devices, and feedback control systems. By what biophysical mechanisms do cells communicate in order to coordinate their activity as local ensembles, as multimodal circuits, and across system levels? Here we only scratch the surface of this fascinating topic. We will focus on electrically active cells; for this, you can have in mind, for example, cardiac cells, many types of secretory cells, and neurons.
KeywordsSynaptic Input Intercellular Communication Tuning Curve Excitatory Input Electrical Coupling
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