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Neuron, Vol. 45, 599611, February 17, Copyright 2005 by Elsevier Inc. DOI 10.1016/j.neuron.2005.02.001 Cascade Models of Synaptically Stored Memories
 

Summary: Neuron, Vol. 45, 599­611, February 17, Copyright ©2005 by Elsevier Inc. DOI 10.1016/j.neuron.2005.02.001
Cascade Models of Synaptically Stored Memories
Stefano Fusi,1
Patrick J. Drew,2
and L.F. Abbott2,
* nent change that occurs within a set of synapses due to
the neuronal activity evoked by an experience. Memory1
Institute of Physiology
University of Bern recall corresponds to detection of this change when
modified neural circuits are later reactivated. ThisBühlplatz 5
CH-3012, Bern essentially static view of memory is the basis of virtu-
ally all models of memory (see Amit, 1989; Hertz et al.,Switzerland
2
Volen Center and 1991), and it pervades the experimental field as well.
But memory is clearly not a static phenomenon, andDepartment of Biology
Brandeis University studies of synaptic plasticity reveal a rich set of com-
plex, coupled, and highly dynamic phenomena, not aWaltham, Massachusetts 02454
simple switch-like structure (Bliss and Collingridge,
1993; Bredt and Nicoll, 2003). Furthermore, it can be
Summary shown mathematically that, for many types of memory,

  

Source: Abbott, Laurence - Center for Neurobiology and Behavior & Department of Physiology and Cellular Biophysics, Columbia University
Fusi, Stefano - Center for Theoretical Neuroscience, Columbia University

 

Collections: Biology and Medicine