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Computational Intelligence and Neuroscience
Volume 2010, Article ID 340541, 10 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2010/340541
Research Article

Stability of Neural Firing in the Trigeminal Nuclei under Mechanical Whisker Stimulation

1Departamento de Matemática Aplicada, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Avenida Complutense s/n, 28040 Madrid, Spain
2Radiophysics and Nonlinear Dynamics Chair, Physics Department, Saratov State University, Astrakhanskaya Str. 83, Saratov 410026, Russia
3Neurocomputing and Neurorobotics Group, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Avenida Arcos de Jalón s/n, 28037 Madrid, Spain

Received 27 February 2009; Revised 22 June 2009; Accepted 12 October 2009

Academic Editor: Rodrigo Quian Quiroga

Copyright © 2010 Valeri A. Makarov et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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