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August 1979

Neural Modeling: Electrical Signal Processing in the Nervous System

Author Affiliations

Department of Computer Science University of Iowa Iowa City, IA 52242

Arch Neurol. 1979;36(8):526. doi:10.1001/archneur.1979.00500440096033

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This book is concerned mostly with models of biological systems, including single cell activity and the activity of small networks. The authors review the major models that have appeared. They have organized their presentation as follows: models of passive membrane, signal generation, distributed passive membrane, and spike generation and conduction; and neural codes, including neuromimes, stochastic models of neuron activity, and statistical analysis of spike trains. The last 70 or so pages describe models of pools of neurons, large-scale networks, field potentials (EEGs), and specific neural networks (cerebral cortex, thalamus, hippocampus, reticular formation, and retina).

This is not a textbook. The authors summarize the work of other researchers and their own; because of this, the presentations are necessarily brief and would be inadequate if they were the only available sources of information. The first part of this book is well done and should serve well as an overview of

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