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Brief, high-frequency bursts are commonly observed in neuronal recordings and are thought to represent a special neural code. Bursts have variable durations and spike counts which can encode stimulus variables. Here we examine how a burst duration code can be read out by synapses with short-term dynamics. We find that synapses can be tuned to preferentially respond to specific burst durations and the published range of facilitation and depression time-scales matches the typical burst patterns. These findings demonstrate the decodability of a neural code based on burst duration.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-6
Number of pages6
StatePublished - Jun 2004


  • Bursting
  • Neural code
  • Short-term depression
  • Synaptic facilitation


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