Population density methods for stochastic neurons with realistic synaptic kinetics: Firing rate dynamics and fast computational methods

Felix Apfaltrer, Cheng Ly, Daniel Tranchina

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Abstract

An outstanding problem in computational neuroscience is how to use population density function (PDF) methods to model neural networks with realistic synaptic kinetics in a computationally efficient manner. We explore an application of two-dimensional (2-D) PDF methods to simulating electrical activity in networks of excitatory integrate-and-fire neurons.We formulate a pair of coupled partial differential-integral equations describing the evolution of PDFs for neurons in non-refractory and refractory pools. The population firing rate is given by the total flux of probability across the threshold voltage. We use an operator-splitting method to reduce computation time. We report on speed and accuracy of PDF results and compare them to those from direct, Monte-Carlo simulations.We compute temporal frequency response functions for the transduction from the rate of postsynaptic input to population firing rate, and examine its dependence on background synaptic input rate. The behaviors in the1-D and 2-D cases-corresponding to instantaneous and non-instantaneous synaptic kinetics, respectively-differ markedly from those for a somewhat different transduction: from injected current input to population firing rate output (Brunel et al. 2001; Fourcaud & Brunel 2002).We extend our method by adding inhibitory input, consider a 3-D to 2-D dimension reduction method, demonstrate its limitations, and suggest directions for future study.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)373-418
Number of pages46
JournalNetwork: Computation in Neural Systems
Volume17
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2006

Keywords

  • Network models

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience (miscellaneous)

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