Transitions between multistable states as a model of epileptic seizure dynamics

Daisuke Takeshita, Yasuomi D. Sato, Sonya Bahar

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Epileptic seizures are generally considered to result from excess and synchronized neural activity. Additionally, changes in amplitude and frequency are often seen in local field potential or electroencephalogram recordings during a seizure event. To investigate how seizures initiate, and how dynamical changes occur during seizure progression, we develop a neocortical network model based on a model suggested by Wilson [J. Theor. Biol. 200, 375 (1999)]. We propose a possible mechanism for seizure initiation as a bifurcation, and suggest that experimentally observed changes in field potential amplitude and frequency during the course of a seizure may be explained by noise-induced transitions among multistable states.

Original languageEnglish
Article number051925
JournalPhysical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2007 May 31
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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