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Developing and applying a toolkit from a general neurocomputational framework 1

Summary: Developing and applying a toolkit from a
general neurocomputational framework 1
Chris Eliasmith a
, Charles H. Anderson b
aDepartment of Philosophy, Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology Program,
Washington University in St. Louis, Campus Box 1073, One Brookings Drive, St.
Louis, MO 63130, chris@twinearth.wustl.edu
bDepartment of Anatomy and Neurobiology, Washington University School of
Medicine, St. Louis, MO 63124, cha@shifter.wustl.edu
Using a general neurocomputational framework, we develop a set of biologically
constrained tools for constructing networks which exhibit interesting behavior. We
provide an example of the application of these tools to modeling the part of the
brain which controls horizontal eye position. This toolkit and its use is an example
of the application of the more general framework.
Key words: Representation; Neurocomputation; Line attractor; Neural integrator
1 Introduction
Neuroscience has been characterized as field with a dearth of general theories.
We see this characterization as a challenge to researchers. Our overriding goal
is to meet this challenge by developing a general neurocomputational frame-


Source: Anderson, Charles H. - Departments of Anatomy and Neurobiology & Physics, Washington University in St. Louis


Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences; Biology and Medicine