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Dynamic Coordination in the BrainFrom Neurons to Mind$
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Christoph von der Malsburg, William A. Phillips, and Wolf Singer

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780262014717

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262014717.001.0001

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Modeling Coordination in the Neocortex at the Microcircuit and Global Network Level

Modeling Coordination in the Neocortex at the Microcircuit and Global Network Level

(p.83) 6 Modeling Coordination in the Neocortex at the Microcircuit and Global Network Level
Dynamic Coordination in the Brain

Anders Lansner

Mikael Lundqvist

The MIT Press

Computational modeling is used in neuroscience to connect cortical microscopic processes at the cellular and synaptic level with large-scale cortical dynamics and coordination that underlie perceptual and cognitive functions. The holistic processing and global coordination characteristic of cortical information processing and dynamics may be explained with the aid of the Hebbian cell assembly and attractor network paradigm. Using a large-scale model of cortical layers 2/3, this chapter explores the fundamental holistic perceptual and associative memory functions performed by the neocortex, focusing on cortical local subnetworks and functional microcircuits. It looks at the possible roles of oscillations and synchrony for processing and dynamic coordination in the brain, along with cortical connectivity, modularization, and layered structure. It also discusses plasticity in the microcircuit and global network.

Keywords:   computational modeling, Hebbian cell assembly, cortical layers, memory, neocortex, microcircuits, synchrony, dynamic coordination, brain, cortical connectivity

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