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A flexible suite of programs for modelling the cortex with a mean-field scheme

The cerebral cortex contains many neurons. The neuron is part of the nervous system and it receives and transmits the electrical signals. These signals are significant to a human's behaviour. Since the neurons are charged, these charges produce electrical fields, so these neural signals can be measured by using scalp electrodes in electroencephalography (EEG). As long as the brain is not dead, the spontaneous activities of neurons will produce a series of EEG signals. There are many models that have been developed for simulating the cortical signal, and mostly each model is focused towards a different purpose or application. Often, a different computer code has to be written for each different application, and this can be inefficient. Therefore, this project aims to develop a software system for simulating cortical signals where the model used for the system can be changed easily. Furthermore, the system is requested to be versatile and easy-to-use for many applications. The developed system is written in MATLAB in response to a user requirement and mostly applies to any model which uses a mean-field approach. Only the specific inputs need to be modified for changing the model. This thesis details how this system is developed. The main limitation of the system is computational resources, much the same as other cortical modelling. However, all the user requirements had been satisfied. The system can simulate the response of the neurons for any condition and generate simulated EEG data to the user. The user can analyze the cortical activities using the standard signal processing techniques such as a power spectrum. This software is very helpful for the research of sleep and anaesthesia.
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Chang, Y.-K. (2007). A flexible suite of programs for modelling the cortex with a mean-field scheme (Thesis, Master of Engineering (ME)). The University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand. Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10289/2378
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