Date Thesis Awarded


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Honors Thesis -- Access Restricted On-Campus Only

Degree Name

Bachelors of Science (BS)


Interdisciplinary Studies


Gregory D. Smith

Committee Members

John D. Griffin

Leah B. Shaw


Thalamocortical relay (TC) neurons in the lateral geniculate nucleus receive both retinal and cortical input; however, the two pre-synaptic signals are filtered in significantly different ways. Using a three-compartment model of a TC cell, with distinct equations for the proximal and distal dendrites, we model the synaptic plasticity of feedback signals from the cortex (corticogeniculate facilitation) and feedforward retinal input (retinogeniculate depression). We discuss the use of model-generated cross-correlograms in lending insight into the interplay of the driving and modulating afferents.

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Thesis is part of Honors ETD pilot project, 2008-2013. Migrated from Dspace in 2016.

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