Here we show that brain seizures can be effectively suppressed through random modulation of the brain medium. We use an established mesoscale cortical model in the form of a system of coupled stochastic partial differential equations. We show that by temporal and spatial randomization of parameters governing the firing rates of the excitatory and inhibitory neuron populations, seizure waves can be significantly suppressed. We find that the attenuation is the most effective when applied to the mean threshold potential. The proposed technique can serve as a non-invasive paradigm to mitigate epileptic seizures without knowing the location of the epileptic foci.
- Received October 31, 2016.
- Accepted January 16, 2017.
- © 2017 The Author(s)
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