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The Noisy Brain: Stochastic Dynamics as a Principle of Brain Function

Edmund T. Rolls and Gustavo Deco


The activity of neurons in the brain is noisy in that their firing times are random when they are firing at a given mean rate. This introduces a random or stochastic property into brain processing which this book shows to be fundamental to understanding many aspects of brain function, including probabilistic decision making, perception, memory recall, short-term memory, attention, and even creativity. This book shows that in many of these processes, the noise caused by the random neuronal firing times is useful. However, the stochastic dynamics of this can be unstable or overstable, and the bo ... More

Keywords: neurons, brain processing, brain function, decision making, perception, memory recall, attention, creativity, firing times

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199587865
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199587865.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Edmund T. Rolls, author
Oxford Centre for Computational Neuroscience, Oxford. UK

Gustavo Deco, author
Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona, Spain