Robert P Erickson
Professor Emeritus of Psychology: Experimental
Education & Training
Ph.D., Brown University 1958
In single neuron studies of taste and other sensory systems it is clear that information resides in ensembles of activity across neurons. Individual neurons per se do not have exactly specifiable functions but participate in various degrees in several functions, and various neural functions do not have exactly specifiable neural substrates but may involve the same or different neural populations to various degrees.
We are presently working on the mathematics of neural coding, such as the neural masses required, and the grades of participation of neurons in various codes (fuzzy sets).
Erickson, RP. "A study of the science of taste: on the origins and influence of the core ideas." Behav Brain Sci 31.1 (February 2008): 59-75. Full Text
Erickson, RP. "The evolution and implications of population and modular neural coding ideas." Progress in brain research 130 (January 2001): 9-29. Full Text