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Next-generation neural field model: The evolution of synchrony within patterns and waves



Daniele Avitabile


Neural field models are commonly used to describe wave propagation and bump attractors at a tissue level in the brain. Although motivated by biology, these models are phenomenological in nature. They are built on the assumption that the neural tissue operates in a near synchronous regime, and hence, cannot account for changes in the underlying synchrony of patterns. It is customary to use spiking neural network models when examining within population synchronization. Unfortunately, these high-dimensional models are notoriously hard to obtain insight from. In this paper, we consider a network of ?-neurons, which has recently been shown to admit an exact mean-field description in the absence of a spatial component. We show that the inclusion of space and a realistic synapse model leads to a reduced model that has many of the features of a standard neural field model coupled to a further dynamical equation that describes the evolution of network synchrony. Both Turing instability analysis and numerical continuation software are used to explore the existence and stability of spatiotemporal patterns in the system. In particular, we show that this new model can support states above and beyond those seen in a standard neural field model. These states are typified by structures within bumps and waves showing the dynamic evolution of population synchrony.


Byrne, Á., Avitabile, D., & Coombes, S. (2019). Next-generation neural field model: The evolution of synchrony within patterns and waves. Physical Review E, 99(1), Article 012313.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Dec 7, 2018
Online Publication Date Jan 7, 2019
Publication Date Jan 7, 2019
Deposit Date Jan 9, 2019
Publicly Available Date Jan 9, 2019
Journal Physical Review E
Print ISSN 2470-0045
Electronic ISSN 2470-0053
Publisher American Physical Society
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 99
Issue 1
Article Number 012313
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Additional Information ©2019 American Physical Society


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