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JournalofComputationalNeuroscience15,71–90,2003c2003KluwerAcademicPublishers.ManufacturedinTheNetherlands.SynchronizationofStronglyCoupledExcitatoryNeurons:RelatingNetworkBehaviortoBiophysicsCOREYD.ACKERDepartmentofBiomedicalEngineering,CenterforBioDynamics,BostonUniversity,44CummingtonStreet,Boston,MA02215,USANANCYKOPELLDepartmentofMathematics,CenterforBioDynamics,BostonUniversity,111CummingtonStreet,Boston,MA02215,USAJOHNA.WHITEDepartmentofBiomedicalEngineering,CenterforBioDynamics,CenterforMemoryandBrain,BostonUniversity,44CummingtonStreet,Boston,MA02215,[email protected],2001;RevisedFebruary12,2003;AcceptedFebruary19,2003ActionEditor:JohnRinzelAbstract.Behaviorofanetworkofneuronsiscloselytiedtothepropertiesoftheindividualneurons.WestudythisrelationshipinmodelsoflayerIIstellatecells(SCs)ofthemedialentorhinalcortex.SCsarethoughttocontributetothemammalianthetarhythm(4–12Hz),andarenotablefortheslowionicconductancesthatconstrainthemtofireatrateswithinthisfrequencyrange....