The Cerebellum

, Volume 16, Issue 2, pp 438–449 | Cite as

Sequential Pattern Formation in the Cerebellar Granular Layer

Original Paper


Here, we introduce a novel mechanism for temporal recoding by the cerebellar granular layer based on three key properties: the granule cell-Golgi cell inhibitory feedback loop, bursting behaviour of granule cells and the large ratio of granule cells to Golgi cells. We propose that mutual inhibition of granule cells, mediated by Golgi cell feedback inhibition, prevents simultaneous activation. Granule cells are differentiated by firing threshold, resulting in sequential bursts of spikes. We demonstrate the plausibility of the mechanism through a computational simulation of a firing rate model, and further examine its robustness by developing a spiking model incorporating realistic postsynaptic potentials.


Cerebellum Adaptive filter Granular layer Sequential winner-take-all Neural network Computational simulation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of MathematicsUniversity of AucklandAucklandNew Zealand
  2. 2.School of Biological SciencesUniversity of AucklandAucklandNew Zealand

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