Considering Elon Musk's new Nueralink, the original Utah Array, and what happens to an individual nueron with long term potentiation, what happens to a nueron on a cellular level (and consequently other nuerons further down a nueral pathway) when stimulated by an extra-cellular placed electrode in close proximity to it?

Does this make the firing of a nueron even more likely due to plasticity changing the number of dendridic spines contributing to an increase in spatial summation around that electrode?

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  • $\begingroup$ Welcome. Is this a homework question? Have you done any research to tease out the answer? $\endgroup$
    – AliceD
    Mar 25, 2020 at 23:12
  • $\begingroup$ @AliceD I have some background, and have read some related research, but I was kinda hoping to stimulate some discussion around this, after hearing about Musk's Nueralink, and wondering to myself what types of long-term effects this type of biotech might have. $\endgroup$
    – user198606
    Mar 26, 2020 at 4:17
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    $\begingroup$ This is not a discussion forum, but a questions and answers site. Questions should be to-the-point and adding some background research helps to focus the question. The first part of the Q can fill libraries, the second part is indeed more of a discussion item, as it is mere guessing what happens to random neuron close to an electrode. Please improve the post. Have a look at our help center, and especially the section on which Qs to avoid asking is relevant $\endgroup$
    – AliceD
    Mar 26, 2020 at 7:49


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