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The influence of network structure on neuronal network dynamics

We investigate the influence of network structure on the dynamics of neuronal networks, with a focus on the emergence of synchronous oscillations. Network structure is specified using the framework of second order networks, a network model that captures second order statistics (correlations) among the connections between neurons. We demonstrate that the frequency of a chain motif in the network plays a crucial role in influencing network dynamics, not only modulating the emergence of synchrony but also possibly increasing the range of possible network behaviors.

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The four second order edge motifs of reciprocal, convergent, divergent, and causal connections. The frequency of these motifs determine the second order statistics, or correlations, among the network connections.

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Correspondence to Duane Q Nykamp.

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Nykamp, D.Q. The influence of network structure on neuronal network dynamics. BMC Neurosci 13 (Suppl 1), P79 (2012).

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