A Model of Changes in Inferotemporal Activity during a Delayed Match-To-Sample Task


Neurons in inferior temporal (IT) cortex exhibit selectivity for complex visual stimuli and can maintain activity during the delay following the presentation of a stimulus in delayed match to sample (DMS) tasks. Experimental work in awake monkeys has shown that the responses of IT neurons decline during presentation of stimuli which have been seen recently (within the past several seconds). In addition, experiments have found that the responses of IT neurons to visual stimuli also decline as the stimuli become familiar, independent of recency. Here a biologically based neural network simulation is used to model these effects primarily through two processes. The recency effects are caused by adaptation due to a calcium-dependent potassium current, and the familiarity effects are caused by competitive self-organization of modifiable feedforward synapses terminating on IT cortex neurons.


Input Region Familiarity Effect Match Stimulus Neural Network Simulation Inferior Temporal 


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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyHarvard UniversityCambridgeUSA

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