Synfire waves in small balanced networks

Yuval Aviel*, David Horn, Moshe Abeles

*Corresponding author for this work

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We study the problem of mixing rate and temporal codes in the same population at the same time. We use a balanced network, known to act well as a rate code model, and embed in it synfire chain connectivity. The propagation of a synfire wave on top of asynchronous background activity requires large networks. Here, we show that this can be achieved also in small networks provided one adds inhibitory (shadow) pools to the excitatory ones. Correct adjustment of these pools is required to allow for synfire wave propagation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)123-127
Number of pages5
StatePublished - Jun 2004


FundersFunder number
German-Israeli Foundation for Scientific Research and Development


    • Balanced network
    • Capacity
    • Integrate-and-fire neurons
    • Synfire chains
    • Waves


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