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GS14 1081 Seminar in Neural Coding and Behavior

Dragoi, Valentin. One semester hour. Fall, Spring, and Summer annually. Prerequisite: None

It is increasingly being realized that neural systems encode information through the ensemble activity of large populations ofneurons. The Seminar in Neural Coding and Behavior will review papers that address how neurons use population codes to represent information via the correlated activity ofmany neurons. We will address issues related to information coding by individual neurons, sparse coding schemes, population coding and decoding, and the relationship between the response properties of different brain systems and the natural statistics oftheir inputs. Finally, we will discuss how neurons encode and decode information to produce behavioral responses.