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Applications of this stochastic dynamical theory to brain function

Edmund T. Rolls and Gustavo Deco

in The Noisy Brain

Published in print January 2010 | ISBN: 9780199587865
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191702471 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199587865.003.0008
Applications of this stochastic dynamical theory to brain function

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This chapter shows how the concept of probabilistic operation of networks in the brain has applications to understanding a myriad of brain functions, including the non-deterministic properties of brain function, perceptual rivalry, avoiding predators, creative thought, the cognitive changes in aging, and the substance of dreams. It shows how too little stability in attractor networks, caused by the effects of noise due to neuronal spiking affecting attractor networks, can destabilize attractor networks involved in short-term memory and attention, and may contribute to the symptoms of schizophrenia.

Keywords: brain functions; attractor networks; noise; neuronal spiking; STM; attention; schizophrenia

Chapter.  23908 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Neuroscience

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