Enrico Rossoni

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When young suckle, they are rewarded intermittently with a let-down of milk that results from reflex secretion of the hormone oxytocin; without oxytocin, newly born young will die unless they are fostered. Oxytocin is made by magnocellular hypothalamic neurons, and is secreted from their nerve endings in the pituitary in response to action potentials(More)
This study presents a model of action potential propagation in bundles of myelinated nerve fibers. The model combines the single-cable formulation of Goldman and Albus (1967) with a basic representation of the ephaptic interaction among the fibers. We analyze first the behavior of the conduction velocity (CV) under the change of the various conductance(More)
We study the synchronization dynamics for a system of two Hodgkin-Huxley (HH) neurons coupled diffusively or through pulselike interactions. By calculating the maximum transverse Lyapunov exponent, we found that, with diffusive coupling, there are three regions in the parameter space, corresponding to qualitatively distinct behaviors of the coupled(More)
A theoretical framework is developed for moment neuronal networks (MNNs). Within this framework, the behavior of the system of spiking neurons is specified in terms of the first- and second-order statistics of their interspike intervals, i.e., the mean, the variance, and the cross correlations of spike activity. Since neurons emit and receive spike trains(More)
In this work we develop an approach to extracting information from neural spike trains. Using the expectation-maximization (EM) algorithm, interspike interval data from experiments and simulations are fitted by mixtures of distributions, including Gamma, inverse Gaussian, log-normal, and the distribution of the interspike intervals of the leaky(More)
Can we understand the dynamic behaviour of leaky integrate-and-fire (LIF) networks, which present the major, and possibly the only, analytically tractable tool we employ in computational neuroscience? To answer this question, here we present a theoretical framework on the spike activities of LIF networks by including the first order moment (mean firing(More)
We consider the issue of how to read out the information from nonstationary spike train ensembles. Based on the theory of censored data in statistics, we propose a ‘censored’ maximum-likelihood estimator (CMLE) for decoding the input in an unbiased way when the spike activity is observed over time windows of finite length. Compared with a rate-based, moment(More)
In a noisy system, such as the nervous system, can movements be precisely controlled as experimentally demonstrated? We point out that the existing theory of motor control fails to provide viable solutions. However, by adopting a generalized approach to the nonconvex optimization problem with the Young measure theory, we show that a precise movement control(More)
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