The dynamic clamp: artificial conductances in biological neurons

Trends Neurosci. 1993 Oct;16(10):389-94. doi: 10.1016/0166-2236(93)90004-6.


The dynamic clamp is a novel method that uses computer simulation to introduce conductances into biological neurons. This method can be used to study the role of various conductances in shaping the activity of single neurons, or neurons within networks. The dynamic clamp can also be used to form circuits from previously unconnected neurons. This approach makes computer simulation an interactive experimental tool, and will be useful in many applications where the role of synaptic strengths and intrinsic properties in neuronal and network dynamics is of interest.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Computer Simulation*
  • Humans
  • Models, Neurological*
  • Neural Conduction*
  • Neural Pathways / physiology
  • Neurons / physiology*