Existence and stability of limit cycles in a macroscopic neuronal population model

S Rodrigues, Jorge Gonçalves, JR Terry

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We present rigorous results concerning the existence and stability of limit cycles in a macroscopic model of neuronal activity. The specific model we consider is developed from the Ki set methodology, popularized by Walter Freeman. In particular we focus on a specific reduction of the KII sets, denoted RKII sets. We analyse the unfolding of supercritical Hopf bifurcations via consideration of the normal forms and centre manifold reductions. Subsequently we analyse the global stability of limit cycles on a region of parameter space and this is achieved by applying a new methodology termed Global Analysis of Piecewise Linear Systems. The analysis presented may also be used to consider coupled systems of this type. A number of macroscopic mean-field approaches to modelling human EEG may be considered as coupled RKII networks. Hence developing a theoretical understanding of the onset of oscillations in models of this type has important implications in clinical neuroscience, as limit cycle oscillations have been demonstrated to be critical in the onset of certain types of epilepsy.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 13 Jun 2007

Bibliographical note

Sponsorship: Leverhulme Trust Theoretical Neuroscience Network; EPSRC


  • normal forms
  • epilepsy
  • limit cycle oscillations
  • global stability
  • mathematical modelling
  • human EEG
  • macroscopic population model


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