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Coupled oscillator models for analysis of neural synchrony

Student-Run Applied & Math Seminar

Speaker: Thomas Chartrand, UC Davis Mathematics
Location: 2112 MSB
Start time: Fri, Nov 6 2015, 12:10PM

Coupled oscillators are a framework to study interactions between systems with rhythmic dynamics, like neurons and many other natural systems. Even weak interactions can coordinate the individual dynamics, creating synchrony or more complex patterns. I use reduced models, following the theory of weakly coupled oscillators, to understand the synchronization properties of electrically coupled neurons in a brainstem region involved in motor control. This approach allows me to assess the effects of both specific biophysical parameters like conductances, and general dynamical regimes like spiking.