The Book of GENESIS

Exploring Realistic Neural Models with the GEneral NEural SImulation System

  • James M. Bower
  • David Beeman

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiv
  2. Neurobiological Tutorials with GENESIS

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. James M. Bower, David Beeman
      Pages 3-5
    3. James M. Bower, David Beeman
      Pages 7-15
    4. James M. Bower, David Beeman
      Pages 17-27
    5. Mark Nelson, John Rinzel
      Pages 29-49
    6. James M. Bower, David Beeman
      Pages 97-130
    7. Sharon Crook, Avis Cohen
      Pages 131-147
    8. Alexander Protopapas, James M. Bower
      Pages 149-168
    9. Upinder S. Bhalla
      Pages 169-191
  3. Creating Simulations with GENESIS

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 193-193
    2. James M. Bower
      Pages 195-201
    3. David Beeman, Matthew A. Wilson
      Pages 203-213
    4. David Beeman
      Pages 215-224
    5. David Beeman
      Pages 225-241
    6. David Beeman
      Pages 243-254
    7. David Beeman
      Pages 265-277
    8. Michael Vanier, David Beeman
      Pages 279-300
    9. David Beeman
      Pages 301-327
    10. Erik De Schutter, David Beeman
      Pages 329-347
    11. Nigel H. Goddard, Greg Hood
      Pages 349-379
    12. Upinder S. Bhalla
      Pages 381-405
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 407-458

About this book


This is the second edition of a step-by -step tutorial for professionals, researchers and students working in the area of neuroscience in general, and computational neuroscience in particular. It can also be used as an interactive self-study guide to understanding biological neuronal and network structure for those working in the area of artificial neural networks and the cognitive sciences. The tutorials are based upon the GENESIS neural simulation system, which is now being used for teaching and research in at least 26 countries. The following chapters consist of a combination of edited contributions from researchers in computational neuroscience and current users of the system, as well as several chapters that we have written ourselves. This book, and the tutorial simulations on which it is based, grew out of a simulation laboratory accompanying the annual Methods in Computational Neuroscience course taught at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA from 1988 to 1992. Since that time, the tutorials have been further developed and refined while being used in courses taught at Caltech and several other institutions, including the Crete course in Computational Neuroscience. For this second edition, we have made many revisions and additions based on comments, suggestions and corrections from members of the GENESIS Users Group, BABEL, and from students and teachers who have used this book.


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Authors and affiliations

  • James M. Bower
    • 1
  • David Beeman
    • 2
  1. 1.Division of BiologyCalifornia Institute of TechnologyPasadenaUSA
  2. 2.Department of Electrical and Computer EngineeringUniversity of ColoradoBoulderUSA

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