Spatiotemporal Coding in the Olfactory System
Beginning in 1994, Gilles Laurent and colleagues published a series of studies describing odor-induced field potential oscillations in the locust olfactory system. While field oscillations had been described in the olfactory system previously—beginning with the work of Lord Adrian in the 1940s and including the extensive studies performed by Walter Freeman and colleagues and the later work of Gelperin and colleagues—the Laurent laboratory’s work emerged at a time in which oscillations and spike synchronization in the visual system were attracting substantial attention, such that the emergence of this work triggered a renewed interest in the temporal properties of olfactory system activation and what it implied for the representation of odor stimuli.
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