Skip to content


  • Poster presentation
  • Open Access

Hybrid scheme for modeling local field potentials from point-neuron networks

  • 1, 2Email author,
  • 1,
  • 2,
  • 3, 4,
  • 1,
  • 1,
  • 1, 5,
  • 1, 6, 7 and
  • 2, 8
BMC Neuroscience201516 (Suppl 1) :P67

  • Published:


  • Synaptic Input
  • Primary Visual Cortex
  • Hybrid Scheme
  • Local Field Potential
  • Cortical Network
Measurement of the local field potential (LFP) has become routine for assessment of neuronal activity in neuroscientific and clinical applications, but its interpretation remains nontrivial. Understanding the LFP requires accounting for both anatomical and electrophysiological features of neurons near the recording electrode as well as the entire large-scale neuronal circuitry generating synaptic input to these cells. The direct simulation of LFPs in biophysically detailed network models is computationally daunting. Here, we instead propose a hybrid modeling scheme combining the efficiency of simplified point-neuron network models (Fig. 1A) with the biophysical principles underlying LFP generation by multicompartment neurons [1] (Fig 1C). We apply this scheme to a model representing a full-scale cortical network under about 1 square millimeter surface of cat primary visual cortex [2] (Fig. 1A,B) with layer-specific connectivity [3] to predict laminar LFPs (Fig. 1D) for different network states, assess the relative contribution of local neuron populations to the LFP, investigate the role of input correlations and neuron density, and validate linear LFP predictions based on population firing rates. The hybrid scheme is accompanied by our open-source software, hybridLFPy (
Figure 1
Figure 1

Overview of the hybrid scheme for modeling LFP generated by a cortical network model. A Sketch of point-neuron network model [1]. B Spikes of point neurons in the network for spontaneous and evoked activity. C Populations of multi-compartment neurons acting as LFP signal generators. D Depth-resolved LFP predicted using the hybrid scheme.



This research was partially funded by EU Grant 604102 (HBP), EU Grant 269921 (BrainScaleS), the Helmholtz portfolio theme SMHB, the Juelich Aachen Research Alliance (JARA), and the Research Council of Norway (NFR, through ISP, NOTUR -NN4661K).

Authors’ Affiliations

Inst. of Neuroscience and Medicine (INM-6) and Inst. for Advanced Simulation (IAS-6), Jülich Research Center and JARA, Jülich, 52425, Germany
Dept. of Mathematical Sciences and Technology, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Aas, 1432, Norway
Dept. of Neuroscience and Pharmacology, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, 2200, Denmark
Dept. of Computational Biology, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm, 10044, Sweden
Dept. of Biology, Theoretical Systems Neurobiology, RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, 52074, Germany
Dept. of Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, Medical Faculty, RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, 52074, Germany
Dept. of Physics, Faculty 1, RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, 52074, Germany
Dept. of Physics, University of Oslo, Oslo, 0316, Norway


  1. Lindén H, Tetzlaff T, Potjans TC, Pettersen KH, Gruen S, Diesmann M, Einevoll GT: Modeling the spatial reach of the LFP. Neuron. 2011, 72: 859-872.PubMedView ArticleGoogle Scholar
  2. Potjans TC, Diesmann M: The Cell-Type Specific Cortical Microcircuit: Relating Structure and Activity in a Full-Scale Spiking Network Model. Cerebral Cortex. 2014, 24 (3): 785-806.PubMedPubMed CentralView ArticleGoogle Scholar
  3. Binzegger T, Douglas RJ, Martin KA: A quantitative map of the circuit of cat primary visual cortex. J Neurosci. 2004, 24 (39): 8441-8453.PubMedView ArticleGoogle Scholar


© Hagen et al. 2015

This article is published under license to BioMed Central Ltd. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. The Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication waiver ( applies to the data made available in this article, unless otherwise stated.