The first exercise of the book covers a single dynamic activation variable with input. In it, you will use a Matlab simulator to explore how a dynamical system tracks a shifting input, what determines the relaxation time of a dynamics, and how stability of the system comes about.
The video on the right contains a complete description of all elements of the simulator as well as a walk-through of the entire first exercise.
If you would like to try it for yourself, here is a quick guide on how to get started with the exercise.
- Open Matlab, navigate to the cosivina folder (using the 'cd' command or the directory navigation bar).
- Inside the cosivina folder, open the folder 'examples' and find the file 'launcherTwoNeuronSimulator.m'. Open the file and then run it by clicking on the button with the green arrow on it, labeled 'Run'. This should open a GUI window with plots and control buttons.
- Now you can follow along the exercise description. Good luck!