Any realistic model of the neuronal pathway from the retina to the visual cortex (V1) must account for the burstingbehavior of neurons in the lateral geniculate nucleus (LGN). A robust but minimal model, the integrate- and-fire-or-burst (IFB) model, has recently been proposed for individual LGN neurons. Based on this, we derive a dynamic population model and study a population of such LGN cells. This population model, the first simulation of its kind evolving in a two-dimensional phase space, is used to study the behavior of bursting populations in response to diverse stimulus conditions.

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