Search Results: 'Excitable Neuron'
BioInformation Processing: A Primer On Cognitive Modeling Volume One
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This book is a primer on how information is processed in a typical mammalian brain. To talk about these ideas intelligently, the reader needs to use ideas from mathematics, computer science and many... More > areas of science. Intertwining these normally separate areas into a coherent whole provides an introduction to modern interdisciplinary work. In the book, we develop carefully how an excitable neuron collects information from many sources and then outputs a single voltage pulse which carries a variety of signaling information. Our modeling efforts are based on the use of MatLab (although octave is just fine) so it should be easy to do experiments yourself. We cover the usual basics of axonal pulse propagation including Hodgkin-Huxley models, dendritic cable models, first and second messenger signalling system abstractions and so forth. This book provides a good foundation towards building models of cognition which may be used for models of depression and other forms of dysfunction.< Less
Drawing on Philosophy
Drawing on philosophy is quite literal.
It is a machinegun of ideas firing until the end.
True to its offering Drawing on Philosophy plays hide and seek with words and minds.
Tucked within the pages... More > are paths to possibilities.
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The Empathic Brain
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The discovery of mirror neurons has caused an unparalleled wave of excitement amongst scientists. The Empathic Brain makes you share this excitement. Its vivid and personal descriptions of key... More > experiments make it a captivating and refreshing read. Through intellectually rigorous but powerfully accessible prose, Prof. Christian Keysers makes us realize just how deeply this discovery changes our understanding of human nature. You will start looking at yourselves differently - no longer as mere individual but as a deeply interconnected, social mind.< Less
More Calculus For Biologists: Partial Differential Equation Models
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In this book, we continue to discuss how to blend mathematics, computational tools and science into a cohesive point of view. Hence, this text is a follow up to our book on mathematics for... More > biologists, Calculus for Biologists. We now add new mathematics such as the ideas of partial differentiation and approximation of functions of more than one variable and a more complete study of nonlinear differential equation models using these new tools. We also discuss more fully how to develop code with MatLab/ Octave to solve our problems numerically. We study a model of the excitable neuron which leads to the cable equation which is a standard equation in biological information processing. We use the cable equation to develop an input side model of an excitable neuron -- the dendrite -- and then build a model of the excitable neuron itself. This consists of a dendrite, a cell body or soma and the axon along which generates the action potential.< Less