Navigation Links
New perspectives on sensory mechanisms
Date:8/29/2011

The latest Perspectives in General Physiology series examines the mechanisms of visual, aural, olfactory, and tactile processes that inform us about the environment. The series appears in the September 2011 issue of the Journal of General Physiology (www.jgp.org).

Everything that mammals perceive about the environment is based on the transmission to the brain of signals originating in sensory organs such as the eye, ear, nose, and skin. As described by UCLA researchers Robert Farley and Alapakkam Sampath in their introduction to the series, the encoding of sensory information is initiated by specialized peripheral sensory receptor cells and refined by local neural circuits, with both excitatory and inhibitory inputs ultimately analyzed and interpreted in the cerebral cortex.

The Perspectives series provides a comprehensive summary of what is currently understood about the mechanisms of information processing in multiple mammalian sensory systems. Such a comparative approach across systems provides insight into the common strategies that might be used by researchers to quantify and characterize that information.

In the Perspective series, Schwartz and Rieke discuss the visual system, where the physiological mechanisms of sensory encoding have been most investigated; Bautista and Lumpkin focus on the cells and molecules that mediate light touch in the periphery; Reisert and Zhao focus on how olfactory receptors cells encode the presence of odorants in the environment; and Zhang et al. emphasize the important and varied roles inhibitory mechanisms play in encoding auditory signals.

The purpose of the Perspectives in General Physiology series is to provide an ongoing forum where scientific questions or controversies can be discussed by experts in an open manner.


'/>"/>

Contact: Rita Sullivan
news@rupress.org
212-327-8603
Rockefeller University Press
Source:Eurekalert  

Page: 1

Related biology news :

1. Journal of General Physiology explores mysteries of TRP channels in latest Perspectives series
2. Plenary lecturers share science and policy perspectives
3. Perspectives on computational biology methods
4. World-renowned authorities provide current perspectives on Darwins theory of evolution
5. Special edition journal provides new perspectives and guidance for managing white pine blister rust
6. Bioenergy III Conference: Present and New Perspectives on Biorefineries
7. A mouse model brings new perspectives on Lafora disease
8. Fate in fly sensory organ precursor cells could explain human immune disorder
9. PRS And EmSense Partner To Integrate Bio-Sensory Measures In Packaging Research Studies
10. Chloride increases response to pheromones and odors in mouse sensory neurons
11. Researchers finds hidden sensory system in the skin
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
New perspectives on sensory mechanisms
(Date:5/6/2017)... , May 5, 2017 RAM ... announced a new breakthrough in biometric authentication based ... quantum mechanical properties to perform biometric authentication. These new ... semiconductor material created by Ram Group and its ... entertainment, transportation, supply chains and security. Ram Group ...
(Date:4/13/2017)... April 13, 2017 UBM,s Advanced Design and ... will feature emerging and evolving technology through its 3D ... will run alongside the expo portion of the event ... and demonstrations focused on trending topics within 3D printing ... and manufacturing event will take place June 13-15, 2017 at ...
(Date:4/11/2017)... MELBOURNE, Florida , April 11, 2017 ... "Company"), a security technology company, announces the appointment of independent ... John Bendheim to its Board of Directors, furthering the ... ... behalf of NXT-ID, we look forward to their guidance and ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:9/19/2017)... ... 19, 2017 , ... Band-LOK, LLC, an orthopedic medical device ... new patents have been allowed by the USPTO on the proprietary Tether Clamp ... to explore additional clinically-relevant designs for both the implants and the instrumentation. ...
(Date:9/17/2017)... ... September 17, 2017 , ... ... Korean Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (KMFDS) for an Investigational New Drug ... Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV). The study in Korea represents the second ...
(Date:9/14/2017)... ... September 14, 2017 , ... Boston Strategic Partners, ... with Health Economics and Outcomes Research (HEOR) and ‘big data’ to provide in-depth ... US healthcare spending exceeded $3.0 trillion with nearly 1/3 spent on hospitalizations. BSP ...
(Date:9/13/2017)... , ... September 13, 2017 , ... ... the life sciences industry to improve patient outcomes and quality of life for ... impurities, has been named a US expert to the International Standards Organization/Technical ...
Breaking Biology Technology: