now researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have shown that these dendrites do more than relay information from one neuron to the next. They actively process information, multiplying the brain's computing power.
dendrites fired spikes while other parts of the neuron did not, meaning that the spikes were the result of local processing within the dendrites.
"All the data pointed to the same conclusion," Smith said. "The dendrites are not passive integrators of sensory-driven input; they seem to be a computational unit as well."
This is completely contrary to what I learned in my studies in biology. Now I know better.