Firing rate of the leaky integrate-and-fire neuron with stochastic conductance-based synaptic inputs with short decay times


We compute the firing rate of a leaky integrate-and-fire (LIF) neuron with stochastic conductance-based inputs in the limit when synaptic decay times are much shorter than the membrane time constant. A comparison of our analytical results to numeric simulations is presented for a range of biophysically-realistic parameters.







Nicolas Brunel

Duke School of Medicine Distinguished Professor in Neuroscience

We use theoretical models of brain systems to investigate how they process and learn information from their inputs. Our current work focuses on the mechanisms of learning and memory, from the synapse to the network level, in collaboration with various experimental groups. Using methods from
statistical physics, we have shown recently that the synaptic
connectivity of a network that maximizes storage capacity reproduces
two key experimentally observed features: low connection probability
and strong overrepresentation of bidirectionnally connected pairs of
neurons. We have also inferred `synaptic plasticity rules' (a
mathematical description of how synaptic strength depends on the
activity of pre and post-synaptic neurons) from data, and shown that
networks endowed with a plasticity rule inferred from data have a
storage capacity that is close to the optimal bound.

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