"Switch" allowing access of sensory stimuli to conscious perception
Research team of the UMG clarifies further details on synaptic interconnections of the cerebral cortex.
Basic researchers in SFB 889 "Cellular Mechanisms of Sensory Processing" (Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Tobias Moser) at the University Medical Center Göttingen (UMG) have now clarified a detail of the manifold synaptic connections between inhibitory nerve cells of the cerebral cortex. The interconnections serve as so-called "disinhibition switches". The switch ensures that sensory stimuli can access consciousness in a decisive phase of the transmission of feedforward excitation to the brain. The new findings of Dr. Mirko Witte and Prof. Dr. Jochen Staiger from the Institute for Neuroanatomy of the UMG show that different types of nerve cells can operate these switches with different dynamics. The research results are published in the scientific journal "Nature Communications".
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University Medical Center Göttingen
University of Göttingen
Institute for Neuroanatomy
Prof. Dr. Jochen Staiger
Phone: 0551 / 39-7051