Biological Cybernetics

, Volume 56, Issue 2–3, pp 139–150

Simulation of chaotic EEG patterns with a dynamic model of the olfactory system

  • W. J. Freeman


The main parts of the central olfactory system are the bulb (OB), anterior nucleus (AON), and prepyriform cortex (PC). Each part consists of a mass of excitatory or inhibitory neurons that is modelled in its noninteractive state by a 2nd order ordinary differential equation (ODE) having a static nonlinearity. The model is called a KOe or a KOt set respectively; it is evaluated in the “open loop” state under deep anesthesia. Interactions in waking states are represented by coupled KO sets, respectivelyKIe (mutual excitation) andKIi (mutual inhibition). The coupledKIe andKIi sets form aKII set, which suffices to represent the dynamics of theOB, AON, andPC separately. The coupling of these three structures by both excitatory and inhibitory feedback loops forms aKIII set. The solutions to this high-dimensional system ofODEs suffice to simulate the chaotic patterns of the EEG, including the normal low-level background activity, the high-level relatively coherent “bursts” of oscillation that accompany reception of input to the bulb, and a degenerate state of an epileptic seizure determined by a toroidal chaotic attractor. An example is given of the Ruelle-Takens-Newhouse route to chaos in the olfactory system. Due to the simplicity and generality of the elements of the model and their interconnections, the model can serve as the starting point for other neural systems that generate deterministic chaotic activity.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • W. J. Freeman
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Physiology-AnatomyUniversity of CaliforniaBerkeleyUSA

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