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stellate cell

A Dictionary of Psychology

Andrew M. Colman

stellate cell n. 

Any of a class of small interneurons in the cerebellum, with multiple processes that synapse on the dendrites of Purkinje cells, the action of which they inhibit, also found in the cerebral cortex, where spiny stellates are excitatory and non-spiny stellates are inhibitory. They are especially abundant in the somatosensory cortex, the primary visual cortex (Area V1), and the primary auditory cortex. Compare basket cell, Golgi cell, pyramidal cell. [From Latin stellatus starry, from stella a star]