Mathematical Biology Seminar

Alla Borisyuk
University of Utah
3:05PM, Wednesday, March 30, 2011
LCB 219
Selectivity to slowly rising stimuli in frog auditory neurons

Abstract: Many acoustic communication signals, including phonemes of human speech, are differentiated in the time from onset to peak amplitude (rise time). Correspondingly, there are neurons that respond selectively to slowly rising pulses. We investigate possible mechanisms that underlie this selectivity.
I will present methods for input reconstructions from in vivo data as well as three computational models of possible slow rise-time selectivity mechanisms. Finally, I will show model predictions, which will allow to distinguish between the proposed mechanisms as more data becomes available.