Stochastic resonance, a nonlinear phenomenon in which random noise optimizes a system’s response to a signal, has been postulated to provide a role for noise in information processing in the brain. In these experiments, a time varying electric field was used to deliver both signal and noise directly to a network of neurons from mammalian brain. As the magnitude of the stochastic component of the field was increased, resonance was observed in the response of the neuronal network to a weak periodic signal. This is the first demonstration of stochastic resonance in neuronal networks from the brain.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Physics and Astronomy(all)