Updated 19 Dec 2018
Brain simulation and neurorobotics will revolutionize neuroscience education provided there are user-friendly software tools to help non-experts develop a working understanding of computational neuroscience concepts. This Two Neuron Simulator runs a pair of connected artificial (Izhikevich) neurons in a continuous loop. A nice java trick (findjobj by Yair M. Altman) allows the parameters of each neuron to be changed smoothly in real-time with sliders. This immediate feedback helps create an intuitive sense of how the neurons work.
For the best experience, install the included Comic Book font :)
Comments, thoughts or questions? We would really like to hear your feedback. The Two Neuron Simulator is written and maintained by Christopher Harris, neurorobotics lead at Backyard Brains (firstname.lastname@example.org). Backyard Brains is exploring new ways to use computational neuroscience and neurorobotics in education. If you would like to get involved, please send us a short intro and we'll get back to you. For more information about educational neurorobotics at Backyard Brains, see our Neurorobot Newsletter at https://mailchi.mp/backyardbrains/neurorobot-newsletter-november-2018
For more information about the Izhikevich neuron model, see https://www.izhikevich.org/publications/spikes.htm
License to use and modify the Two Neuron Simulator code is granted freely to all interested as long as the original author is referenced and attributed as such.
In progress: pre-configured easy-to-apply settings that simulate different cortical neurons, educational resources
Christopher Harris (2020). Two Neuron Simulator (https://www.mathworks.com/matlabcentral/fileexchange/68605-two-neuron-simulator), MATLAB Central File Exchange. Retrieved .
Added links to Backyard Brains' Neurorobot Newsletter
Updated the description text
No change, just trying out the "Package as a toolbox" function
Added code that automatically adjusts font and neuron size to the detected screen size (tested for 1920x and 1280x).