Date of Award

2004

Level of Access

Campus-Only Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Mathematics

Advisor

Sharon Crook

Second Committee Member

William Bray

Third Committee Member

Robert Franzosa

Abstract

We use biophysically-based models of interneurons from the cricket cercal sensory system to examine the effects of membrane properties on interneuron processing of dynamic sensory input. Our models incorporate five different ion channel types formulated using experimental data. Model sensory inputs are based on experimental recordings from afferent neurons in response to air current stimuli. We use these models to examine the effects of membrane properties and synaptic integration on interneuron processing of dynamic sensory input.

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