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Mathematical Problems in Engineering
Volume 2014, Article ID 902395, 7 pages
Research Article

Stochastic Resonance in Neuronal Network Motifs with Ornstein-Uhlenbeck Colored Noise

Key Laboratory of Advanced Process Control for Light Industry, Ministry of Education, Jiangnan University, Wuxi 214122, China

Received 24 April 2014; Accepted 28 June 2014; Published 10 July 2014

Academic Editor: Ming Gao

Copyright © 2014 Xuyang Lou. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


We consider here the effect of the Ornstein-Uhlenbeck colored noise on the stochastic resonance of the feed-forward-loop (FFL) network motif. The FFL motif is modeled through the FitzHugh-Nagumo neuron model as well as the chemical coupling. Our results show that the noise intensity and the correlation time of the noise process serve as the control parameters, which have great impacts on the stochastic dynamics of the FFL motif. We find that, with a proper choice of noise intensities and the correlation time of the noise process, the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) can display more than one peak.