MadSci Network: Neuroscience

Subject: What is the purpose of the synaptic gap?

Date: Wed Mar 21 10:59:33 2001
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I am curious as to why the brain evolved with synaptic gaps. What are the 
purpose of these gaps? Are the synaptic gaps like resisters on a circuit board 
slowing down electical impulses so the brain can deal with the input? Would 
brain function be quicker if there were no synaptic gaps or would all incoming 
messages get jumble up? Thanks.

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