Connected cortical recurrent networks

  • Alfonso Renart
  • Néstor Parga
  • Edmund T. Rolls
Neural Modeling (Biophysical and Structural Models)
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 1606)


A model of an associative memory composed of many modules working as attractor neural networks with features of biological realism is proposed and analyzed using standard statistical physics techniques. The memories of the system are stored in the synapses between neurons in the same module and the synapses between neurons in different modules provide, the associations between these memories. A study of the memory storage properties as a function of the strength of the associations is performed and it is found that, if it is large, global retrieval phases can be found in which selective sustained actibities induced in modules which have not been stimulated. The form of the associations is such that, in the case of a tri-modular network studied, results from a psychophysical experiment on the simultaneous processing of contradictory information [1] can be qualitatively reproduced, within the limitations imposed by the simplicity of the model.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alfonso Renart
    • 1
  • Néstor Parga
    • 1
  • Edmund T. Rolls
    • 2
  1. 1.Departmento de Física TeóricaUniversidad Autónoma de MadridMadridSpain
  2. 2.Department of Experimental PsychologyOxford UniversityOxfordEngland

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