Bruce R. Parnas

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Sensory systems rely on populations of neurons to encode information transduced at the periphery into meaningful patterns of neuronal population activity. This transduction occurs in the presence of intrinsic neuronal noise. This is fortunate. The presence of noise allows more reliable encoding of the temporal structure present in the stimulus than would be(More)
If a spike trigger zone exhibits the same sort of accommodation that has been found universally in peripheral axons and is an emergent property of the Hodgkin-Huxley model and other synthetic models of axonal membrane (1,2), then spike production will be favored by steep positive slopes of the waveform of the current into the trigger zone. Thus, large(More)
A quasi-three-dimensional finite-volume numerical simulator was developed to study passive voltage spread in vestibular macular afferents. The method, borrowed from computational fluid dynamics, discretizes events transpiring in small volumes over time. The afferent simulated had three calyces with processes. The number of processes and synapses, and(More)
This paper addresses two key concepts in device test program development: test class programming and pattern management. These are explored in the context of an open architecture test system, where the primary requirement is the flexibility to integrate externally developed capabilities into the system. Development against an open architecture test system(More)
A simple model for neuronal spike initiation is presented. It comprises two linear differential equations and is based on the work of Hill, Rashevsky and Monnier (Rashevsky 1933; Monnier 1934; Hill 1936). Three different versions of the model and the corresponding assumptions are described. The intrinsic noise model used with the deterministic equations is(More)
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