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A set of nonlinear continuum field equations is presented which describes the dynamics of neural activity in cortex. These take into account the most pertinent anatomical and physiological features found in cortex with all parameter values obtainable from independent experiment. Derivation of a white noise fluctuation spectrum from a linearized set of… (More)

Changes to the electroencephalogram (EEG) observed during general anesthesia are modeled with a physiological mean field theory of electrocortical activity. To this end a parametrization of the postsynaptic impulse response is introduced which takes into account pharmacological effects of anesthetic agents on neuronal ligand-gated ionic channels. Parameter… (More)

A central difficulty in modeling epileptogenesis using biologically plausible computational and mathematical models is not the production of activity characteristic of a seizure, but rather producing it in response to specific and quantifiable physiologic change or pathologic abnormality. This is particularly problematic when it is considered that the… (More)

A set of non-linear continuum field equations are presented which describe the macroscopic dynamics of neural activity in cortex. Numerical solutions of the coupled non-linear system of partial differential equations show properties analogous to cortical evoked potentials, oscillations at the frequency of the mammalian alpha rhythm and non-stationary… (More)

Neural field models of firing rate activity typically take the form of integral equations with space-dependent axonal delays. Under natural assumptions on the synaptic connectivity we show how one can derive an equivalent partial differential equation (PDE) model that properly treats the axonal delay terms of the integral formulation. Our analysis avoids… (More)

We report simulations of the electrocorticogram of the cat and human, based on estimates of fibre range, fibre density, axonal and dendritic delays, and cortical synaptic density. The long-range cortical connections of real cortex were simplified to couplings of symmetric density, decreasing in density with range, on a closed (toroidal) surface.… (More)

L-Theanine (delta-glutamylethylamide) is one of the predominant amino acids ordinarily found in green tea, and historically has been used as a relaxing agent. The current study examined the acute effects of L-theanine in comparison with a standard benzodiazepine anxiolytic, alprazolam and placebo on behavioural measures of anxiety in healthy human subjects… (More)

By modelling the average activity of large neuronal populations, continuum mean field models (MFMs) have become an increasingly important theoretical tool for understanding the emergent activity of cortical tissue. In order to be computationally tractable, long-range propagation of activity in MFMs is often approximated with partial differential equations… (More)

We study the bifurcation diagram of a mesoscopic model of the human cortex. This model is known to exhibit robust chaotic behavior in the space of parameters that model exterior forcing. We show that the bifurcation diagram has an unusual degree of organization. In particular, we show that the chaos is spawned by a codimension-one homoclinic bifurcation… (More)