Multidimensional patterns of neuronal activity: how do we see them?
© Jurjut et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2008
Published: 11 July 2008
The brain is a highly interconnected network of constantly interacting units. Understanding the collective behavior of these units requires a multi-dimensional approach. The results of such analyses are hard to visualize and interpret. Hence tools capable of dealing with such tasks become imperative.
We present a method that offers means of visualizing and interpreting the complex dynamics of a set of parallelly recorded units, in an intuitive manner. First, the activity of all simultaneously recorded neurons is represented in a multidimensional space. Second, the multidimensional space is projected on a lower dimensional (3D) space of colors, using 3D Kohonen Maps. The projection algorithm assigns each multidimensional pattern a color in such a way that similar patterns receive similar colors. This color-coding helps our own visual system to detect patterns of activity that would be otherwise difficult to detect. Additionally, we used a simple algorithm to identify multidimensional patterns that are stimulus-specific.
Research was supported by the Hertie Foundation and partially by two grants of the Romanian Government: RP-5/2007, Contract 1/1.10.2007 and ID_48/2007, Contract Nr. 204/1.10.2007 financed by MECT/UEFISCSU and a Max Planck-Coneural Partner Group.
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