Effects of Firing Synchrony on Signal Propagation in Layered Networks

Part of Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 2 (NIPS 1989)

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G. Kenyon, Eberhard Fetz, R. Puff


Spiking neurons which integrate to threshold and fire were used to study the transmission of frequency modulated (FM) signals through layered networks. Firing correlations between cells in the input layer were found to modulate the transmission of FM sig(cid:173) nals under certain dynamical conditions. A tonic level of activity was maintained by providing each cell with a source of Poisson(cid:173) distributed synaptic input. When the average membrane depo(cid:173) larization produced by the synaptic input was sufficiently below threshold, the firing correlations between cells in the input layer could greatly amplify the signal present in subsequent layers. When the depolarization was sufficiently close to threshold, however, the firing synchrony between cells in the initial layers could no longer effect the propagation of FM signals. In this latter case, integrate(cid:173) and-fire neurons could be effectively modeled by simpler analog elements governed by a linear input-output relation.