Synaptic integration

Etherington, Sarah J., Atkinson, Susan E., Stuart, Greg J. and Williams, Stephen R. (2010). Synaptic integration. In Encyclopedia of life sciences (pp. 1-12) Chichester, England, U.K.: Wiley Library. doi:10.1002/9780470015902.a0000208.pub2

Author Etherington, Sarah J.
Atkinson, Susan E.
Stuart, Greg J.
Williams, Stephen R.
Title of chapter Synaptic integration
Title of book Encyclopedia of life sciences
Place of Publication Chichester, England, U.K.
Publisher Wiley Library
Publication Year 2010
Sub-type Chapter in textbook
DOI 10.1002/9780470015902.a0000208.pub2
ISBN 9780470663677
Start page 1
End page 12
Total pages 12
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
Neurons in the brain receive thousands of synaptic inputs from other neurons. Synaptic integration is the term used to describe how neurons ‘add up’ these inputs before the
generation of a nerve impulse, or action potential. The ability of synaptic inputs to effect neuronal output is determined by a number of factors, including the size, shape and relative timing of electrical potentials generated by synaptic inputs, the geometric structure of the target neuron, the physical location of synaptic inputs within that structure, as well as the expression of voltagegated channels in different regions of the neuronal membrane. The process of synaptic integration is therefore modulated at multiple levels, contributing to the
diverse and complex computational powers of the functioning brain.
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