A Neural Model of How Horizontal and Interlaminar Connections of Visual Cortex Develop into Adult Circuits that Carry Out Perceptual Grouping and Learning

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dc.contributor.author Grossberg, Stephen en_US
dc.contributor.author Williamson, James en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2011-11-14T19:07:54Z
dc.date.available 2011-11-14T19:07:54Z
dc.date.issued 1998-06 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2144/2356
dc.description.abstract A neural model suggests how horizontal and interlaminar connections in visual cortical areas V1 and V2 develop within a laminar cortical architecture and give rise to adult visual percepts. The model suggests how mechanisms that control cortical development in the infant lead to properties of adult cortical anatomy, neurophysiology, and visual perception. The model clarifies how excitatory and inhibitory connections can develop stably by maintaining a balance between excitation and inhibition. The growth of long-range excitatory horizontal connections between layer 2/3 pyramidal cells is balanced against that of short-range disynaptie interneuronal connections. The growth of excitatory on-center connections from layer 6-to-1 is balanced against that of inhibitory interneuronal off-surround connections. These balanced connections interact via intracortical and intercortical feedback to realize properties of perceptual grouping, attention, and perceptual learning in the adult, and help to explain the observed variability in the number and temporal distribution of spikes emitted by cortical neurons. The model replicates cortical point spread functions and psychophysical data on the strength of real and illusory contours. The on-center off-surround layer 6-to-4 circuit enables top-down attentional signals from area V2 to modulate, or attentionally prime, layer 4 cells in area VI without fully activating them. This modulatory circuit also enables adult perceptual learning within cortical area, V1 and V2 to proceed in a stable way. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and Office of Naval Hesearch (N00014-95-l-0109); National Science Foundation (IRI-97-20333); Office of Naval Research (N00014-95-1-0657) en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Boston University Center for Adaptive Systems and Department of Cognitive and Neural Systems en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries BUCAS/CNS Technical Reports; BUCAS/CNS-TR-1998-022 en_US
dc.rights Copyright 1998 Boston University. Permission to copy without fee all or part of this material is granted provided that: 1. The copies are not made or distributed for direct commercial advantage; 2. the report title, author, document number, and release date appear, and notice is given that copying is by permission of BOSTON UNIVERSITY TRUSTEES. To copy otherwise, or to republish, requires a fee and / or special permission. en_US
dc.subject Cortical layers en_US
dc.subject Development en_US
dc.subject Perceptual learning en_US
dc.subject Horizontal connections en_US
dc.subject Illusory contours en_US
dc.title A Neural Model of How Horizontal and Interlaminar Connections of Visual Cortex Develop into Adult Circuits that Carry Out Perceptual Grouping and Learning en_US
dc.type Technical Report en_US
dc.rights.holder Boston University Trustees en_US

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