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dc.contributor.authorPandarinath, Chethanen_US
dc.identifier.otherbibid: 8213793
dc.description.abstractThe ability to adjust to changing conditions is critical to the functioning of any sensory system. The vertebrate visual system, for example, is well-known for its flexibility - as an animal moves between different environments, the visual system adjusts its processing to match the changing conditions. Though these adjustments have been recognized for years, the mechanisms that underlie them have been unclear. Here we describe a case in which the mechanism could be determined. We investigate a well-known set of adjustments - the adjustments in spatial and temporal processing that accompany the shift from day to night vision. Our findings reveal a novel mechanism in the retina that underlies the adjustment of temporal processing, which may generalize to other networks as well. Further, characterizing these adjustments reveals a previously unknown divergence in the retina's parallel pathways, one that has functional relevance to natural vision.en_US
dc.subjectnetwork switchingen_US
dc.subjectgap junctionsen_US
dc.titleA Novel Mechanism For Switching A Neural System From One State To Anotheren_US
dc.typedissertation or thesisen_US Engineering Universityen_US of Philosophy D., Electrical Engineering
dc.contributor.chairReeves, Anthony Pen_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberMolnar, Alyosha Christopheren_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberHemami, Sheila Sen_US

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