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    Analysis of fluctuation-induced firing in the presence of inhibition

    Christodoulou, Chris and Clarkson, T.G. and Taylor, J.G. and Bugmann, G. (2000) Analysis of fluctuation-induced firing in the presence of inhibition. In: Amari, S.-I. and Giles, C.L. and Gori, M. and Piuri, V. (eds.) Proceedings of the IEEE-INNS-ENNS International Joint Conference on Neural Networks. Neural Computing: New Challenges and Perspectives for the New Millennium. IEEE Computer Society, pp. 115-120. ISBN 0769506194.

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    Examines the computational role of inhibition as it moves towards balancing concurrent excitation using the biologically-inspired temporal noisy-leaky integrator (TNLI) neuron model. The-TNLI incorporates hyperpolarising inhibition with negative current pulses of controlled shapes and it also separates dendritic from somatic integration. The function of inhibition is investigated by examining its effect on the transfer function of the neuron and on the membrane potential. Increasing inhibition leads to greater membrane potential fluctuations as well as greater amplitude variations for a given level of mean input current. This added variance leads to decreasing the slope of the neuron's transfer function (mean input current vs mean output frequency), effectively reducing the gain of the input/output sigmoid; inhibition can therefore be used as a means of controlling the gain of the transfer function. Moreover, we demonstrate that in the case of balanced excitation and inhibition (where the neuron is totally driven by membrane potential fluctuations), the neuron's firing rate can be controlled by the level of mean input frequency.


    Item Type: Book Section
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Science > School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 16 Mar 2021 18:19
    Last Modified: 09 Aug 2023 12:50


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