Programming + Espresso = Happy Brock

At the moment I’m working on my Models of the Neuron Project #2. In particular, I’m coding a model of ventral cochlear neuron bushy cells, using Octave rather than Matlab.

I’ve also just had another shot of espresso from our new X6, and I’m listening to an all-string-instrument tribute to Radiohead’s OK Computer. It’s so beautiful it’s giving me chills.

This is what I love to do. I feel good. I’m coding something. When it’s done, it will be a useful, functional, scientific model of a biological system. I’m going to use it to examine the effects of input regularity on its output. There are some technical obstacles I need to figure out, but I love doing that. It’s nice to feel like I’m getting somewhere and doing something useful again.

Here’s a bonus plot of excitatory post-synaptic potentials from two different types of bushy cell models! These aren’t anything complicated, they’re just inputs for the cell, but they look like they’re supposed to, so I’m quite happy.


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