Locomotion in a Lower Vertebrate: Studies of the Cellular Basis of Rhythmogenesis and Oscillator Coupling

Part of Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 4 (NIPS 1991)

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James Buchanan


To test whether the known connectivies of neurons in the lamprey spinal cord are sufficient to account for locomotor rhythmogenesis, a CCconnection(cid:173) ist" neural network simulation was done using identical cells connected ac(cid:173) cording to experimentally established patterns. It was demonstrated that the network oscillates in a stable manner with the same phase relation(cid:173) ships among the neurons as observed in the lamprey. The model was then used to explore coupling between identical