What Is a Diverging Circuit?

Diverging circuits are a type of neuronal circuit, which control the flow of information in the nervous system. Diverging circuits stimulate several postsynaptic neurons simultaneously, allowing brain signals to travel to various regions of the body.

The three other types of neuronal circuits are oscillating circuits, parallel after-discharge circuits and the converging circuit. These circuits enable the body to perform a wide variety of voluntary and involuntary actions. Abnormalities in neuronal circuits can cause epilepsy, a brain disorder in which abnormal neuronal discharges result in seizures and involuntary muscle contractions. Chronic pain syndrome has also been linked to abnormal neuronal circuits.