Date Thesis Awarded

5-2011

Document Type

Honors Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelors of Science (BS)

Department

Interdisciplinary Studies

Advisor

Gregory D. Smith

Committee Member

John D. Griffin

Committee Member

Leah B. Shaw

Abstract

Thalamocortical relay (TC) neurons in the lateral geniculate nucleus receive both retinal and cortical input; however, the two pre-synaptic signals are filtered in significantly different ways. Using a three-compartment model of a TC cell, with distinct equations for the proximal and distal dendrites, we model the synaptic plasticity of feedback signals from the cortex (corticogeniculate facilitation) and feedforward retinal input (retinogeniculate depression). We discuss the use of model-generated cross-correlograms in lending insight into the interplay of the driving and modulating afferents.

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Comments

Thesis is part of Honors ETD pilot project, 2008-2013. Migrated from Dspace in 2016.

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