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Reduced cortical neuron models: Experiment and theory

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Dr. Magnus Richardson (Warwick University) will present

The microcircuit of pyramidal cells and local inhibitory interneurons is thought to be a fundamental motif of neocortical structure. Not all the parameters of the microcircuit are well quantified, however. Here I will describe some recent work we have done to describe the statistics of synaptic transmission between layer-5 pyramidal cells and to develop simplified models of the neurons of the microcircuit. These models – a form of non-linear integrate-and-fire model – are analytically tractable and, time allowing, I will describe how the firing-rate properties of the models may be derived analytically using the Fokker-Planck method.

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