2006 News Articles-Department of Biological Sciences - Carnegie Mellon University

The Timing of Neuronal Firing is Found to be Key in Odor Discrimination, According to Research Performed in Nathan Urban's Lab

The Timing of Neuronal Firing is Found to be Key in Odor Discrimination, According to Research Performed in Nathan Urban's LabTiming is everything. For a mouse trying to discriminate between the scent of a tasty treat and the scent of the neighborhood cat, timing could mean life or death. In a striking discovery, Carnegie Mellon University scientists have linked the timing of inhibitory neuron activity to the generation of odor-specific patterns in the brain's olfactory bulb, the area of the brain responsible for distinguishing odors.

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