Although neuronal dendrites greatly influence how single neurons process incoming information, their role in network-level functions remain largely unexplored. Current SNNs are usually quite simplistic, overlooking essential dendritic properties. Conversely, circuit models with morphologically detailed neuron models are computationally costly, thus impractical for large-network simulations.
To bridge the gap between these two, we introduce Dendrify, a free, open-source Python package compatible with the Brian 2 simulator. Dendrify, through simple commands, automatically generates reduced compartmental neuron models with simplified yet biologically relevant dendritic and synaptic integrative properties. Such models strike a good balance between flexibility, performance, and biological accuracy, allowing us to explore dendritic contributions to network-level functions.
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Introducing the Dendrify framework for incorporating dendrites to spiking neural networks
M Pagkalos, S Chavlis, P Poirazi