Fundamentals of Computational Neuroscience

ISBN-10: 0199568413
ISBN-13: 9780199568413
Edition: 2nd 2010
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Book details

Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 10/29/2009
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 400
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.738
Language: English

Computational neuroscience is the theoretical study of the brain to uncover the principles and mechanisms that guide the development, organization, information processing, and mental functions of the nervous system. Although not a new area, it is only recently that enough knowledge has been gathered to establish computational neuroscience as a scientific discipline in its own right. Given the complexity of the field, and its increasing importance in progressing our understanding of how the brain works, there has long been a need for an introductory text on what is often assumed to be an impenetrable topic. Fundamentals of Computational Neuroscience is one of the first introductory books on this topic. It introduces the theoretical foundations of neuroscience with a focus on the nature of information processing in the brain. The book covers the introduction and motivation of simplified models of neurons that are suitable for exploring information processing in large brain-like networks. Additionally, it introduces several fundamental network architectures and discusses their relevance for information processing in the brain, giving some examples of models of higher-order cognitive functions to demonstrate the advanced insight that can be gained with such studies. Each chapter starts by introducing its topic with experimental facts and conceptual questions related to the study of brain function. An additional feature is the inclusion of simple Matlab programs that can be used to explore many of the mechanisms explained in the book. An accompanying webpage includes programs for download. The book is aimed at those within the brain and cognitive sciences, from graduate level and upwards.

Introduction
Basic Neurons
Neurons and conductance-based models
Simplified neuron and population models
Associators and synaptic plasiticity
Basic Networks
Cortical organizations and simple networks
Feed-forward mapping networks
Cortical feature maps and competitive population coding
Recurrent associative networks and episodic memory
System-Level Models
Modular networks, motor control, and reinforcement learning
The cognitive brain
Some useful mathematics
Numerical calculus
Basic probability theory
Basic information theory
A brief introduction to Matlab

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