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Research Article | Open Access

Volume 2010 |Article ID 926370 | 6 pages | https://doi.org/10.3814/2010/926370

Transition of Firing Patterns in a Complex Neural Network

Received25 Sep 2009
Revised31 Oct 2009
Accepted30 Nov 2009
Published01 Mar 2010

Abstract

We study the effects of random long-range connections (shortcuts) on the firing patterns in a network composed of Hindmarsh-Rose neurons. It is found that the system can achieve the transition of neural firing patterns from the lower period state to the higher one, when the number of shortcuts in the neural network is greater than a threshold, indicating that the nervous system may make the optimal response to the change of stimulation by a corresponding adjustment of the shortcuts. Then we discuss the transition degree of firing patterns of neural network and its critical characteristics for different external stimulation current. Furthermore, the influences of coupling strength on such transition behavior of neural firing patterns are also considered. Our results may be useful in comprehending the real mechanism in neural coding and information transmission in neurobiological systems.

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