An input-output linear time invariant model captures neuronal firing responses to external and behavioral events

Raina D'Aleo, Adam Rouse, Marc Schieber, Sridevi V. Sarma

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Abstract

Investigating how neurons in different motor regions respond to external stimuli and behavioral events provides insight into motor control. A recent approach to studying neuronal activity is to construct a zero-input linear time invariant (ZI-LTI) state-space model, wherein the state vector consists of firing rate signals for different populations of neurons across motor regions. This approach allows for the populations to influence each other in a dynamical manner given an initial firing rate condition, and the model can accurately reconstruct firing rates within a limited epoch in the motor task during which no event occurs. Here, we generalize this LTI modeling approach to characterize firing responses of neurons to two events (a go cue and movement onset) in a movement task with a non-zero input LTI state-space model, herein referred to as input-output LTI (IO-LTI). Specifically, responses from 196 neurons in the primary motor (M1), ventral premotor (PMv), and dorsal premotor cortex (PMd) were recorded and modeled in two nonhuman primates executing a reach-to-grasp task. We found that a single IO-LTI model can reconstruct neuronal firing rate patterns of six populations of these neurons across the three areas in the presence of multiple events (go cue, movement onset). This is the first step towards constructing generative models of neuronal firing rates in the presence of multiple events, which then can be used to construct better decoders for brain machine interactive control.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2017 39th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
Subtitle of host publicationSmarter Technology for a Healthier World, EMBC 2017 - Proceedings
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages970-973
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781509028092
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 13 2017
Externally publishedYes
Event39th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC 2017 - Jeju Island, Korea, Republic of
Duration: Jul 11 2017Jul 15 2017

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBS
ISSN (Print)1557-170X

Other

Other39th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC 2017
Country/TerritoryKorea, Republic of
CityJeju Island
Period7/11/177/15/17

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Signal Processing
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Health Informatics

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