Research report 2017 - Max Planck Institute for Brain Research
Information coding using neuronal spikes
Abteilung Theory of Neural Dynamics
SummaryNeurons communicate by short electric pulses, the so-called action potentials or spikes. In order to fully understand cognitive functions, knowledge about how spikes encode information is necessary. The research group found that pairwise spike correlations and their linear components shape the coding of information. Linear response functions are one of the most versatile concepts and have been used to understand many neuroscientific topics, though their validity regime is not unlimited.