Inhibitory neurons can facilitate rhythmic activity in a neural network.

Research paper by Takeaki T Shimokawa, Shigeru S Shinomoto

Indexed on: 16 Aug '06Published on: 16 Aug '06Published in: Physical review. E, Statistical, nonlinear, and soft matter physics


Synchrony emerges in a population of oscillators interacting through in-phase couplings. We addressed a question of whether inhibitory neurons simply hinder the emergence of the synchronous activity among excitatory neurons, or facilitate it. An analysis of a simple phase model revealed that both cases may take place. Numerical simulations of the more realistic models revealed that inhibitory neurons rather facilitate rhythmic activity.