Efficiency characterization of a large neuronal network: A causal information approach
Abstract
When inhibitory neurons constitute about 40% of neurons they could have an important antinociceptive role, as they would easily regulate the level of activity of other neurons. We consider a simple network of cortical spiking neurons with axonal conduction delays and spike timing dependent plasticity, representative of a cortical column or hypercolumn with a large proportion of inhibitory neurons. Each neuron fires following a HodgkinHuxley like dynamics and it is interconnected randomly to other neurons. The network dynamics is investigated estimating Bandt and Pompe probability distribution function associated to the interspike intervals and taking different degrees of interconnectivity across neurons. More specifically we take into account the fine temporal “structures” of the complex neuronal signals not just by using the probability distributions associated to the interspike intervals, but instead considering much more subtle measures accounting for their causal information: the Shannon permutation entropy, Fisher permutation information and permutation statistical complexity. This allows us to investigate how the information of the system might saturate to a finite value as the degree of interconnectivity across neurons grows, inferring the emergent dynamical properties of the system.
 Publication:

Physica A Statistical Mechanics and its Applications
 Pub Date:
 May 2014
 DOI:
 10.1016/j.physa.2013.12.053
 arXiv:
 arXiv:1304.0399
 Bibcode:
 2014PhyA..401...58M
 Keywords:

 Quantitative Biology  Neurons and Cognition
 EPrint:
 26 pages, 3 Figures