Might more rapid firing of cortical neuron of pyramidal brain tissue reflect a background activity corresponding to dendritic interactions per se? Whereas slower firing, associated with consolidation of memory, might be more associated with other spatial and temporal neuronal functioning. Might enhanced dendritic density, and functioning, be associated with enhanced background activity, and associated with enhanced plasticity?
Might this be an example of stochastic resonance, wherein background activity (noise-like) enhances the signal to noise ratio; such as for our activities, electronic circuits etc.? That is, might background ongoing activity of dendrites themselves provide a josling of the system, so that it responds more rapidly to a lower frequency signal, associated with a retained neuronal pattern i.e. consolidated memory?
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