Biological Cybernetics

, 99:319 | Cite as

Dynamics and bifurcations of the adaptive exponential integrate-and-fire model

  • Jonathan Touboul
  • Romain BretteEmail author
Original Paper


Recently, several two-dimensional spiking neuron models have been introduced, with the aim of reproducing the diversity of electrophysiological features displayed by real neurons while keeping a simple model, for simulation and analysis purposes. Among these models, the adaptive integrate-and-fire model is physiologically relevant in that its parameters can be easily related to physiological quantities. The interaction of the differential equations with the reset results in a rich and complex dynamical structure. We relate the subthreshold features of the model to the dynamical properties of the differential system and the spike patterns to the properties of a Poincaré map defined by the sequence of spikes. We find a complex bifurcation structure which has a direct interpretation in terms of spike trains. For some parameter values, spike patterns are chaotic.


Integrate-and-fire Spiking neuron models Dynamical systems Bifurcations Chaos 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Département d’Informatique, Projet OdysséeEcole Normale SupérieureParis Cedex 05France

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