Biological Cybernetics

, Volume 66, Issue 4, pp 319–325

Bifurcation analysis of a neural network model

  • Roman M. Borisyuk
  • Alexandr B. Kirillov

DOI: 10.1007/BF00203668

Cite this article as:
Borisyuk, R.M. & Kirillov, A.B. Biol. Cybern. (1992) 66: 319. doi:10.1007/BF00203668


This paper describes the analysis of the well known neural network model by Wilson and Cowan. The neural network is modeled by a system of two ordinary differential equations that describe the evolution of average activities of excitatory and inhibitory populations of neurons. We analyze the dependence of the model's behavior on two parameters. The parameter plane is partitioned into regions of equivalent behavior bounded by bifurcation curves, and the representative phase diagram is constructed for each region. This allows us to describe qualitatively the behavior of the model in each region and to predict changes in the model dynamics as parameters are varied. In particular, we show that for some parameter values the system can exhibit long-period oscillations. A new type of dynamical behavior is also found when the system settles down either to a stationary state or to a limit cycle depending on the initial point.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Roman M. Borisyuk
    • 1
  • Alexandr B. Kirillov
    • 2
  1. 1.Research Computing Center of the USSR Academy of SciencesPushchino, Moscow RegionUSSR
  2. 2.Department of Cell Biology and NeuroscienceUT Southwestern Medical CenterDallasUSA

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