Encyclopedia of Computational Neuroscience

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Reduced Morphology Models

  • Addolorata MarascoEmail author
  • Michele Migliore
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-7320-6_245-1



Reduced morphology models are simplified computational models obtained by collapsing the dendritic tree of a detailed neuron model, in such a way to preserve as much as possible the original membrane dynamics.

Detailed Description

Morphologically detailed neuron models are based on 3D anatomical cell reconstructions and describe how the spatial dendritic structure of a neuron together with the kinetic properties and distributions of ion channels and synaptic inputs contributes to the dynamics and functionality of a neuron. These compartmental neuron models are usually composed of hundreds of dendritic branches (Fig. 1) with nonlinear membrane properties.


Purkinje Cell Proper Orthogonal Decomposition Synaptic Input Dendritic Tree Axial Resistance 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Mathematics and ApplicationsUniversity of Naples Federico II, Complesso Universitario di Monte S. AngeloNaplesItaly
  2. 2.Institute of BiophysicsNational Research CouncilPalermoItaly