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Dopamine curiosity and learning

I Kupfermann
A relatively shorttime ago the individual neuron was viewed as functioning by means of the simple summation of brief inhibitory or excitatory events. The complexity of the nervous system was the outcome largely of the connections between neurons. Recent studies have uncovered a new set of phenomena that indicate that relatively complex information processing may occur at the level of the individual neuron. For example, rather than producing additive effects, synaptic inputs can produce multiplicative effects that serve to alter the gain of the system...
1979: Annual Review of Neuroscience
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