1999-06-15Z2011-03-11T08:53:40Zhttp://cogprints.org/id/eprint/101This item is in the repository with the URL: http://cogprints.org/id/eprint/1011999-06-15ZStatistical mechanics of neocortical interactions. Derivation of short-term-memory capacityA theory developed by the author to describe macroscopic neocortical interactions demonstrates that empirical values of chemical and electrical parameters of synaptic interactions establish several minima of the path-integral Lagrangian as a function of excitatory and inhibitory columnar firings. The number of possible minima, their time scales of hysteresis and probable reverberations, and their nearest-neighbor columnar interactions are all consistent with well-established empirical rules of human short-term memory. Thus, aspects of conscious experience are derived from neuronal firing patterns, using modern methods of nonlinear nonequilibrium statistical mechanics to develop realistic explicit synaptic interactions.Lester Ingber