Encyclopedia of Neuroscience

2009 Edition
| Editors: Marc D. Binder, Nobutaka Hirokawa, Uwe Windhorst

Grandmother Neuron

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-540-29678-2_2077

Definition

A concept for the description of the way of coding information in the nervous system. A grandmother neuron is a neuron that codes for very specific information (your grandmother only). Some evidence for specific coding comes from the finding of face neurons and hand neurons. The opposite, competitive concept is distributed or ensemble coding.

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