All of our cognitive functions, including our sense of identity, are underpinned by what we have learned and what we can remember. To understand learning and memory formation in the brain, it is necessary to discover the rules according to which neurons change their mutual connections, i.e. the rules of synaptic plasticity. I will demonstrate the predictive power of computational modelling by presenting a novel model of heterosynaptic plasicity in the hippocampal dentate gyrus. This model combines computational properties of both metaplasticity and spike timing-dependent plasticity. As a result it can reproduce:
as observed in real experiments.
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