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Analysis of Recorded Spike Trains

Bill Skaggs bill at nsma.arizona.edu
Tue Jul 25 22:31:11 EST 1995

Darragh Smyth <smyth at zorro> writes:

   > I am looking for references, papers, reports etc on the
   > data analysis techniques for single cell and multi cell
   > recordings of spike trains from the brain. 

If you page through the recent issues of Biological Cybernetics or the
Journal of Neuroscience Methods, you'll come across a number of
articles on this topic -- and of course the references in them will
lead you to many more.

   > For the single cell stuff, I am particularly interested 
   > to know of any papers that explain the application of mutual 
   > information between the visual stimuli and the resulting 
   > spike trains?

The best-known paper along these lines is the following, though the
methodology employed has turned out to have a few problems:  

  author = 	 "B. J. Richmond and L. M. Optican",
  title = 	 "Temporal encoding of two-dimensional patterns by
		  single units in primate primary visual cortex:  II
		  Information transmission.",
  journal =	 "J. Neurophysiol.",
  year =	 1990,
  volume =	 64,
  pages =	 "370--380"

For more recent work, look for papers by the same authors, together
with John Hertz; also for papers by William Bialek or by Alessandro
Treves and Edmund Rolls.  Bialek is preparing a book on this topic,
but I don't know when it will actually be published.

	-- Bill

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