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Mean-field approaches to the dynamics of neuronal networks

European Institute for Theoretical Neuroscience 74 rue du Faubourg Saint-Antoine 75012 Paris, France

Many physiological measurements such as calcium or voltage-sensitive dye imaging, or local field potentials, sample neuronal activity at the scale of populations of neurons.  The appropriate description for of such mesoscopic (or macroscopic) scales is provided by population equations, which can be obtained from neural network models using mean-field techniques.