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Neuronal Dynamics
From Single Neurons to Networks and Models of Cognition


  • Date Published: July 2014
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107635197

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  • What happens in our brain when we make a decision? What triggers a neuron to send out a signal? What is the neural code? This textbook for advanced undergraduate and beginning graduate students provides a thorough and up-to-date introduction to the fields of computational and theoretical neuroscience. It covers classical topics, including the Hodgkin–Huxley equations and Hopfield model, as well as modern developments in the field such as generalized linear models and decision theory. Concepts are introduced using clear step-by-step explanations suitable for readers with only a basic knowledge of differential equations and probabilities, and are richly illustrated by figures and worked-out examples. End-of-chapter summaries and classroom-tested exercises make the book ideal for courses or for self-study. The authors also give pointers to the literature and an extensive bibliography, which will prove invaluable to readers interested in further study.

    • Retains the best elements of Gerstner and Kistler's earlier book, Spiking Neuron Models
    • Will appeal to neurobiologists and theoreticians alike
    • Python source code for numerical simulations is available online
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    • Date Published: July 2014
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107635197
    • length: 578 pages
    • dimensions: 246 x 174 x 26 mm
    • weight: 1.15kg
    • contains: 280 b/w illus. 6 tables 80 exercises
    • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from TBC
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Foundations of Neuronal Dynamics:
    1. Introduction
    2. The Hodgkin–Huxley model
    3. Dendrites and synapses
    4. Dimensionality reduction and phase plane analysis
    Part II. Generalized Integrate-and-Fire Neurons:
    5. Nonlinear integrate-and-fire models
    6. Adaptation and firing patterns
    7. Variability of spike trains and neural codes
    8. Noisy input models: barrage of spike arrivals
    9. Noisy output: escape rate and soft threshold
    10. Estimating models
    11. Encoding and decoding with stochastic neuron models
    Part III. Networks of Neurons and Population Activity:
    12. Neuronal populations
    13. Continuity equation and the Fokker–Planck approach
    14. The integral-equation approach
    15. Fast transients and rate models
    Part IV. Dynamics of Cognition:
    16. Competing populations and decision making
    17. Memory and attractor dynamics
    18. Cortical field models for perception
    19. Synaptic plasticity and learning
    20. Outlook: dynamics in plastic networks

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    Neuronal Dynamics

    Wulfram Gerstner, Werner M. Kistler, Richard Naud, Liam Paninski

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  • Authors

    Wulfram Gerstner, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
    Wulfram Gerstner is Director of the Laboratory of Computational Neuroscience and a Professor of Life Sciences and Computer Science at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland. He studied physics in Tubingen and Munich and holds a PhD from the Technical University of Munich. His research in computational neuroscience concentrates on models of spiking neurons and synaptic plasticity. He teaches computational neuroscience to physicists, computer scientists, mathematicians, and life scientists. He is a co-author of Spiking Neuron Models (Cambridge, 2002).

    Werner M. Kistler
    Werner M. Kistler received a Master's and PhD in physics from the Technical University of Munich. He previously worked as Assistant Professor in Rotterdam for computational neuroscience and he is the co-author of Spiking Neuron Models (Cambridge, 2002). He is now working in Munich as a patent attorney. His scientific contributions are related to spiking neuron models, synaptic plasticity, and network models of the cerebellum and the inferior olive.

    Richard Naud, University of Ottawa
    Richard Naud holds a PhD in computational neuroscience from the EPFL in Switzerland and a Bachelor's degree in physics from McGill University, Canada. He has published several scientific articles and book chapters on the dynamics of neurons. He is now a postdoctoral researcher.

    Liam Paninski, Columbia University, New York
    Liam Paninski is a Professor in the Department of Statistics at Columbia University and co-director of the Grossman Center for the Statistics of Mind. He is also a member of the Center for Theoretical Neuroscience, the Kavli Institute for Brain Science and the doctoral program in neurobiology and behavior. He holds a PhD in neuroscience from New York University and a Bachelor's from Brown University. His work focuses on neuron models, estimation methods, neural coding and neural decoding. He teaches courses on computational statistics, inference, and statistical analysis of neural data.

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