Encyclopedia of Computational Neuroscience

2015 Edition
| Editors: Dieter Jaeger, Ranu Jung

Multistability in Neurodynamics: Overview

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-6675-8_442



Multistability in neurodynamics is the coexistence of two or more observable regimes of activity, i.e., attractors, in the phase space of a neuronal system. In the absence of noise or perturbation, the neuronal system permanently exhibits one of the regimes. Multistability suggests that by an appropriate choice of perturbation or by resetting the initial state of the system, one could induce a switch from one regime into another.

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Multistable neuronal system can exhibit two or more regimes of activity, depending on its initial state. Both isolated neurons and neuronal networks can exhibit coexistence of several activity regimes. The coexistence of silence, subthreshold oscillations, tonic spiking, and bursting regimes with each other has been observed in a number of theoretical and experimental studies. A multistable neuronal system can show long-lasting...

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This work was supported by National Science Foundation grant PHY-0750456.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Neuroscience InstituteGeorgia State UniversityAtlantaUSA