A multi-stage recurrent neural network better describes decision-related activity in dorsal premotor cortex
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Citation (published version)Michael Kleinman, Chandramouli Chandrasekaran, Jonathan Kao. 2019. "A multi-stage recurrent neural network better describes decision-related activity in dorsal premotor cortex." 2019 Conference on Cognitive Computational Neuroscience. 2019 Conference on Cognitive Computational Neuroscience. 2019-09-13 - 2019-09-16. https://doi.org/10.32470/ccn.2019.1123-0
We studied how a network of recurrently connected artificial units solve a visual perceptual decision-making task. The goal of this task is to discriminate the dominant color of a central static checkerboard and report the decision with an arm movement. This task has been used to study neural activity in the dorsal premotor (PMd) cortex. When a single recurrent neural network (RNN) was trained to perform the task, the activity of artificial units in the RNN differed from neural recordings in PMd, suggesting that inputs to PMd differed from inputs to the RNN. We expanded our architecture and examined how a multi-stage RNN performed the task. In the multi-stage RNN, the last stage exhibited similarities with PMd by representing direction information but not color information. We then investigated how the representation of color and direction information evolve across RNN stages. Together, our results are a demonstration of the importance of incorporating architectural constraints into RNN models. These constraints can improve the ability of RNNs to model neural activity in association areas.
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