# Regensburg 2013 – wissenschaftliches Programm

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# DY: Fachverband Dynamik und Statistische Physik

## DY 9: Poster I: Statistical Physics in Biological Systems (joint with BP)

### DY 9.2: Poster

### Montag, 11. März 2013, 17:30–19:30, Poster B2

**Information filtering by synchronous spikes in a neural population** — •Nahal Sharafi — Bunsenstrasse 10, 37073 Goettingen

Information about time-dependent sensory stimuli is encoded by the spike trains of neurons. Here we consider a population of uncoupled but noisy neurons (each subject to some intrinsic noise) that are driven by a common broadband signal. We ask specifically how much information is encoded in the synchronous activity of the population and how this information transfer is distributed with respect to frequency bands. In order to obtain some insight into the mechanism of information filtering espects found previously in the literature, we develop a mathematical framework to calculate the coherence of the synchronous output with the common stimulus for populations of simple neuron models. Within this frame, the synchronous activity is treated as the product of filtered versions of the spike trains of a subset of neurons. We compare our results for the simple cases of (1) a Poisson neuron with a rate modulation and (2) an LIF neuron with intrinsic white current noise and a current stimulus. For the Poisson neuron, formulas are particularly simple but show only a low-pass behavior of the coherence of synchronous activity. For the LIF model, in contrast, the coherence function of the synchronous activity shows a clear peak at high frequencies, comparable to recent experimental findings. We uncover the mechanism for this shift in the maximum of the coherence and discuss some biological implications of our findings.