Synchronization in a noise-driven developing neural network

I. H. Lin*, R. K. Wu, C. M. Chen

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We use computer simulations to investigate the structural and dynamical properties of a developing neural network whose activity is driven by noise. Structurally, the constructed neural networks in our simulations exhibit the small-world properties that have been observed in several neural networks. The dynamical change of neuronal membrane potential is described by the Hodgkin-Huxley model, and two types of learning rules, including spike-timing-dependent plasticity (STDP) and inverse STDP, are considered to restructure the synaptic strength between neurons. Clustered synchronized firing (SF) of the network is observed when the network connectivity (number of connections/maximal connections) is about 0.75, in which the firing rate of neurons is only half of the network frequency. At the connectivity of 0.86, all neurons fire synchronously at the network frequency. The network SF frequency increases logarithmically with the culturing time of a growing network and decreases exponentially with the delay time in signal transmission. These conclusions are consistent with experimental observations. The phase diagrams of SF in a developing network are investigated for both learning rules.

Original languageEnglish
Article number051923
JournalPhysical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Nov 29

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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