Evidence for Response Consistency Supports Polychronous Neural Groups as an Underlying Mechanism for Representation and Memory

  • Mira Guise
  • Alistair Knott
  • Lubica Benuskova
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8272)


Izhikevich [6] has proposed that certain strongly connected groups of neurons known as polychronous neural groups (or PNGs) might provide the neural basis for representation and memory. Polychronous groups exist in large numbers within the connection graph of a spiking neural network, providing a large repertoire of structures that can potentially match an external stimulus [6,8]. In this paper we examine some of the requirements of a representational system and test the idea of PNGs as the underlying mechanism against one of these requirements, the requirement for consistency in the neural response to stimuli. The results provide preliminary evidence for consistency of PNG activation in response to known stimuli, although these results are limited by problems with the current methods for detecting PNG activation.


spiking network polychronous neural group activation representation memory 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mira Guise
    • 1
  • Alistair Knott
    • 1
  • Lubica Benuskova
    • 1
  1. 1.Dept of Computer ScienceUniversity of OtagoDunedinNew Zealand

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