Synchronization in neurons driven by synaptic currents with multiple frequencies

Eri Ioka, Hiroyuki Kitajima, Yasuyuki Matsuya

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In our previous study, we considered synchronization in a system of two unidirectionally coupled neurons with a chemical synapse. We analyzed the inhibitory and excitatory couplings, assuming that the firing frequency of a pre-synaptic neuron is varied. We found that the neurons easily acquire synchronization at a firing frequency higher or lower than the fundamental frequency of a post-synaptic neuron for excitatory or inhibitory coupling, respectively. In this study, we add one neuron to the previous model; the added neuron drives the previous two neurons (sub-system) by synaptic inputs. To avoid model dependence, we used the Morris-Lecar and Erisir's fast-spiking neuron models as single neuron dynamics. We found that the neurons achieved synchronization at a firing frequency lower (higher) than the synchronous firing frequency of the sub-system for the inhibitory (excitatory) synaptic connection.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)521-527
Number of pages7
JournalIEEJ Transactions on Electronics, Information and Systems
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Fast-spiking neurons
  • Morris-Lecar neurons
  • Multiple frequencies
  • Synchronization
  • Unidirectional coupling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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