Computational models are crucial to studying the encoding of individual neurons. Static models are composed of a fixed set of parameters, thus resulting in static encoding properties that do not change under different inputs. Here, we challenge this basic concept which underlies these models. Using generalized linear models, we quantify the encoding and information processing properties of basal ganglia neurons recorded in-vitro. These properties are highly sensitive to the internal state of the neuron due to factors such as dependency on the baseline firing rate. Verification of these experimental results with simulations provides insights into the mechanisms underlying this input-dependent encoding. Thus, static models, which are not context dependent, represent only part of the neuronal encoding capabilities, and are not sufficient to represent the dynamics of a neuron over varying inputs. Input-dependent encoding is crucial for expanding our understanding of neuronal behavior in health and disease and underscores the need for a new generation of dynamic neuronal models.
|State||Published - 2 Apr 2020|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
This study was supported in part by an Israel Science Foundation (ISF) grant (297/18) and a BSF-NSF Collaborative Research in Computational Neuroscience (CRCNS) grant (2016744) to IBG, a CRCNS grant (2013905) to A.K. and a Legacy Heritage bio-medical program of the ISF (138/15) grant to A.K. & I.B.G.
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