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Transfer Characteristics of Dispersive Nerve Bundles

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1 Author(s)
Williams, William J. ; Bioelectrical Sciences Laboratory, Electrical Engineering Department, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich. 48105.

It is well known that the propagation velocities of the fibers in peripheral nerve bundles are distributed over a considerable range. The fastest fibers subserving a particular end organ may have conduction velocities four or five times greater than the slowest fibers subserving that end organ. Since the fibers for a particular end organ are of nearly equal length, this velocity dispersion causes a latency dispersion or desynchronization of neural signals traveling along the nerve bundle. The most outstanding effect of dispersion is a low-pass filter effect. Nulls and peaks in the transfer function may also occur as a result Of sharp truncation of a distribution or multimoded distributions of conduction velocities.

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Systems, Man and Cybernetics, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:SMC-2 ,  Issue: 1 )