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Applied Interdisciplinary Mathematics (AIM)

Date:  Friday, January 15, 2016
Location:  1084 East Hall (3:00 PM to 4:00 PM)

Title:  How can cognitive processes in the brain be regulated by changing properties of individual cells?

Abstract:   The brain is a complex and evolving network. While a lot is known about its biology, the dynamical principles underlying information processing in the brain remain elusive. However, it becomes apparent that to understand dynamics of brain function one has investigate the effects of dynamical properties of individual cells on network-wide spatio-temporal pattern formation. In this talk I will use example of neuromodulatory effects of Achetylcholine (Ach) on individual neurons, to underscore the link between changing cellular properties and evolving network dynamics with their possible implication for brain function. Ach, being one of multitude of neuromodulators in the brain, has multifaceted effects of neuronal excitabilty that thought to be especially important during regulation of sleep/wake cycle and also during attention. I will use network models to detangle these effects on the network level, and highlight their possible respective roles for information processing.


Speaker:  Michal Zochowski
Institution:  University of Michigan

Event Organizer:   Charlie Doering   


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