"... Using a multi-subunit nonlinear model, we
demonstrate that stimulus selectivity can arise from the spatial
distribution of synapses. We propose this as a general mechanism for
information processing by neurons possessing dendritic
trees. Moreover, we show that this implementation of stimulus
selectivity increases the neuron's robustness to synaptic and
dendritic failure. ..."
Cazé RD, Jarvis S, Foust AJ, Schultz SR (2017) Dendrites Enable a Robust Mechanism for Neuronal Stimulus Selectivity. Neural Comput 29:2511-2527 [PubMed]