A LONG HISTORY, A RECENT REVIVAL AND SOME THEORY.
J. P. Segundo*, J.-F. Vibert**, K. Pakdaman**, M. Stiber*** and O. Diez Martínez****.
* Dept. of Anatomy and Cell Biology, Brain Research Institute; University of California; Los Angeles, Ca., 90024-1763 U.S.A. (email@example.com). Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de la República, Montevideo, Uruguay.
**Biomathémathiques, Biostatistique, Bioinformatique et Epidémiologie; INSERM U 263, Faculté de Médecine Saint-Antoine; 27 rue Chaligny, 75571 Paris Cedex 12, FRANCE. (firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com)
*** Dept. of Computer Science, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Clearwater Bay, Kowloon, HONG KONG. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
****Universidad de las Américas, 72820 Cholula, Puebla, México. (email@example.com)
"Fig. 4. The responses demonstrate the linearising effect of an auxiliary signal (first column), internal noise (second column) and spontaneous spike discharges (third column)."
Spekreijse, 1969 .
"...cycle histograms obtained with sinusoidal inputs are more sinusoidal and the form of the frequency response functions agrees with that predicted from the step response over a wider range of frequencies."
French et al., 1972 .
"Perturbations, often regarded as weak and inconsequential, are practically inevitable in nature and appear to have functional consequences: hence, they should not be ignored and perturbed behavior may be the rule in this system (as in others) with performance during jitter providing a more faithful picture of normal operation than the usual laboratory conditions where vibrations are avoided deliberately."
Macadar et al., 1975 .
This chapter deals with the influence of noise on processing by nerve cells, as observed in sensory receptors and synapses and as revealed by the spikes trains they generate. The bulk of the chapter is a survey of the publications that opened the field and provided its essential scaffolding; namely, provided its rationale, plus the experimental demonstration of the influence, its many facets and its biological