Phase control of neural pacemakers

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Science  19 Aug 1977:
Vol. 197, Issue 4305, pp. 761-763
DOI: 10.1126/science.887919


An electrical stimulus resets the phase of a spontaneously rhythmic neuron. The "new phase" versus "old phase" curve shows either of two distinct topological characters, depending on the stimulus magnitude. These features, and a phase singularity implicit in them, are common to many stable oscillations deriving from continuous feedback between two or more biophysical quantities.

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