The Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience Freiburg

Announcement for the next
Informal Seminar
Josť Donoso
Department of Psychology
University of Sheffield

Dynamics of the brainstem action selection system

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008
10:00 h TIME
Bernstein Center
Hansastr. 9a
Recent work has identified the medial reticular formation (mRF) as a potential substrate for a brainstem action selection system. It has been proposed that this system evolved in simple vertebrates to handle the co-ordination of basic tasks. One of the major aspects of the work on the mRF was the proposal and study of a new anatomical model of its structure. In this work, it was found that the mRF most likely had small-world network characteristics. The project I'm currently working on consists in the numerical simulation of this large-scale structural model as a dynamic system, determining whether the dynamics systematically change with the increasing "small-worldness" of the network, and how this relates to action selection.
The talk is open to the public. Guests are cordially invited!