Statistical Mechanics Characterization of Neuronal Mosaics

11/14/2004 ∙ by Luciano da Fontoura Costa, et al. ∙ Universidade de São Paulo 0

The spatial distribution of neuronal cells is an important requirement for achieving proper neuronal function in several parts of the nervous system of most animals. For instance, specific distribution of photoreceptors and related neuronal cells, particularly the ganglion cells, in mammal's retina is required in order to properly sample the projected scene. This work presents how two concepts from the areas of statistical mechanics and complex systems, namely the lacunarity and the multiscale entropy (i.e. the entropy calculated over progressively diffused representations of the cell mosaic), have allowed effective characterization of the spatial distribution of retinal cells.

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