Network and external perturbation induce burst synchronisation in cat cerebral cortex

Ewandson L. Lameu, Fernando S. Borges, Rafael R. Borges, Antonio M. Batista*, Murilo S. Baptista, Ricardo L. Viana

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The brain of mammals are divided into different cortical areas that are anatomically connected forming larger networks which perform cognitive tasks. The cat cerebral cortex is composed of 65 areas organised into the visual, auditory, somatosensory-motor and frontolimbic cogni-tive regions. We have built a network of networks, in which networks are connected among themselves according to the connections observed in the cat cortical areas aiming to study how inputs drive the synchronous behaviour in this cat brain-like network. We show that without external perturbations it is possible to observe high level of bursting synchronisation between neurons within almost all areas, except for the auditory area. Bursting synchronisa-tion appears between neurons in the auditory region when an external perturbation is applied in another cognitive area. This is a clear evidence that burst synchronisation and collective be-haviour in the brain might be a process mediated by other brain areas under stimulation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)45-54
Number of pages10
JournalCommunications in Nonlinear Science and Numerical Simulation
Early online date23 Oct 2015
Publication statusPublished - May 2016

Bibliographical note

This study was possible by partial financial support from the following Brazilian government agencies: CNPq, CAPES, Science Without Borders Program. Murilo S. Baptista also acknowledges EPSRC-EP/I032606/1.


  • Bursting neurons
  • Network
  • Synchronisation


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