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Abstract or Description
A spike train is a sequence of recorded times at which a neuron fires an action potential. When the voltage drop across a neural soma or axon membrane is recorded, intermittent pulses of roughly 100 mV over 1–2 ms are observed – these are action potentials or “spikes.” On a behavioral time scale of several hundred milliseconds, each spike may be considered to occur at a single point in time. Sequences of such spike times form spike trains. The total duration of a recorded spike train can range from less than a second to many minutes or even, in chronic recordings, to many days. Spike trains are considered to be the primary mode of information transmission in the nervous system.
Encyclopedia of Computational Neuroscience.