Waves, bumps, and patterns in neural field theories

Coombes, Stephen (2005) Waves, bumps, and patterns in neural field theories.

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Abstract

Neural field models of firing rate activity have had a major impact in helping to develop an understanding of the dynamics seen in brain slice preparations. These models typically take the form of integro-differential equations. Their non-local nature has led to the development of a set of analytical and numerical tools for the study of waves, bumps and patterns, based around natural extensions of those used for local differential equation models. In this paper we present a review of such techniques and show how recent advances have opened the way for future studies of neural fields in both one and two dimensions that can incorporate realistic forms of axo-dendritic interactions and the slow intrinsic currents that underlie bursting behaviour in single neurons.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:To appear in Biological Cybernetics
Uncontrolled Keywords:bumps, waves, neural field theories, integral equations, Evans functions
Schools/Departments:Faculty of Science > School of Mathematical Sciences
ID Code:153
Deposited By:Coombes, Prof Stephen
Deposited On:14 Apr 2005
Last Modified:27 Jun 2011 11:17

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