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Author Llano, Daniel A. ♦ Paul, Kush
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Publisher Frontiers Media S.A.
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Date Created 2016-10-04
Copyright Year ©2016
Language English
Subject Domain (in LCC) RC321-571
Subject Keyword Neuropsychiatry ♦ Biological psychiatry ♦ GENESIS ♦ Neurosciences ♦ Chaos ♦ Internal medicine ♦ Computational model ♦ Medicine ♦ Thalamocortical ♦ Nonlinear Dynamics
Abstract Sleep and wakefulness are characterized by distinct states of thalamocortical network oscillations. The complex interplay of ionic conductances within the thalamo-reticular-cortical network give rise to these multiple modes of activity and a rapid transition exists between these modes. To better understand this transition, we constructed a simplified computational model based on physiological recordings and physiologically realistic parameters of a three-neuron network containing a thalamocortical cell, a thalamic reticular neuron and a corticothalamic cell. The network can assume multiple states of oscillatory activity, resembling sleep, wakefulness and the transition between these two. We found that during the transition period, but not during other states, thalamic and cortical neurons displayed chaotic dynamics, based on the presence of strange attractors, estimation of positive Lyapunov exponents and the presence of a fractal dimension in the spike trains. These dynamics were quantitatively dependent on certain features of the network, such as the presence of corticothalamic feedback and the strength of inhibition between the thalamic reticular nucleus and thalamocortical neurons. These data suggest that chaotic dynamics facilitate a rapid transition between sleep and wakefulness and produce a series of experimentally testable predictions to further investigate the events occurring during the sleep-wake transition period.
ISSN 16625188
Age Range 18 to 22 years ♦ above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG ♦ Career/Technical Study
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 2016-09-01
e-ISSN 16625188
Journal Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience
Volume Number 10


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