GS14 1081 Seminar in Neural Coding and Behavior

Dragoi, Valentin. One semester hour. Fall, Spring, and Summer annually. Grading System: Pass or Fail. Prerequisite: none

It is increasingly being realized that neural systems encode information through the ensemble activity of large populations of neurons. The Seminar in Neural Coding and Behavior will review papers that address how neurons use population codes to represent information via the correlated activity of many 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 of their inputs. Finally, we will discuss how neurons encode and decode information to produce behavioral responses.