- Fernando Herrero Carrón added an answer:When do firing rate distributions approximate a Gaussian distribution?
There is a theoretical upper limit of how fast a neuron can fire, based on the duration of its spike and refractory period. Therefore, under certain conditions, its firing rate might fit a Gaussian distribution. One possible situation would be the distribution of firing rate responses to a preferred stimulus. Has there been a treatment of that question in the literature in relation to stimulus selectivity?
Just one question: when you talk about "firing rate distribution", do you mean "interspike interval length distribution"? If that be the case, I would argue that Gaussian distributions have non-zero probability from minus infinity to any point on the real line, and that makes me skeptical about using gaussians: I would, at least, expect a lower bound of zero for any distribution modelling time interval lengths.
What would you argue in favor of Gaussians in this context?
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Comparative Neurophysiology is a subdiscipline of Physiology that studies the diversity in functional neurophysiological characteristics among animals, primate groups and human beings.