Sudden synchrony leaps accompanied by frequency multiplications in neuronal activity

Roni Vardi, Amir Goldental, Shoshana Guberman, Alexander Kalmanovich, Hagar Marmari, Ido Kanter

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A classical view of neural coding relies on temporal firing synchrony among functional groups of neurons, however, the underlying mechanism remains an enigma. Here we experimentally demonstrate a mechanism where time-lags among neuronal spiking leap from several tens of milliseconds to nearly zero-lag synchrony. It also allows sudden leaps out of synchrony, hence forming short epochs of synchrony. Our results are based on an experimental procedure where conditioned stimulations were enforced on circuits of neurons embedded within a large-scale network of cortical cells in vitro and are corroborated by simulations of neuronal populations. The underlying biological mechanisms are the unavoidable increase of the neuronal response latency to ongoing stimulations and temporal or spatial summation required to generate evoked spikes. These sudden leaps in and out of synchrony may be accompanied by multiplications of the neuronal firing frequency, hence offering reliable information-bearing indicators which may bridge between the two principal neuronal coding paradigms.

Original languageEnglish
Article number176
JournalFrontiers in Neural Circuits
Issue numberOCT
StatePublished - 30 Oct 2013


  • Firing synchrony
  • In vitro modular networks
  • Network
  • Neuronal circuit
  • Topology


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