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Medical Neurostuff: Neural Structure vs A-NNs

  1. Dec 17, 2005 #1
    [Q0]An old neuropsych prof of mine told me that any biological neuron layer A that feeds into another layer B will mostlikely receive feedback. Now is this feedback:
    Direct, meaning that some axons from B will return to A o
    [II] Indirect, B to C...D to A (cyclic)

    I know II occurs but does I?

    [Q1] Also are there isolated networks in the brain that only collect input from specific regions and output through specific ones...for example

    I - [ABCDE...]- O where I,O can be numerous layers/cells
    and ABCDE... are truly hidden layers that cannot be accessed through other parts of the brain, access only occurs through I/O. Oh and ABCDE need not be strict Feedforwards(can have cyclic, intra, fully connected).
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  3. Dec 17, 2005 #2
    A quick google (didn't do any exhaustive reading) produced this site:

    http://www.gc.ssr.upm.es/inves/neural/ann1/concepts/structnn.htm [Broken]

    Which looks to me like it's saying the feedback is direct.
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  4. Dec 17, 2005 #3
    lol what you posted there i already know...thats ANNs...i'm looking for brain stuff, biological neuronal structure.
    i probably should edit the first post
  5. Dec 18, 2005 #4
    That's both funny and sad. I skimmed the whole page and didn't catch that it was about artificial neural networks. I think I googled "neuron layers feedback" and wasn't expecting that to take me to anything artificial.
  6. Dec 18, 2005 #5
    lol bottom fo the page in italics ==> Artificial neural networks hehe...thx for the effort though.
  7. Dec 18, 2005 #6
    It's written so tiny, though, and tucked away down at the bottom like some devious fine print in a legal document.
  8. Dec 19, 2005 #7
    OK, I googled a little more and got this lead:

    "Key to this process is the concept of feedback, without which a net of neurons would be unable to learn. The relative strength of each synapse may be increased or decreased to better reflect the desired response. There appear to be specific modulatory neurons that facilitate this process. There are a variety of neural learning techniques that have been hyped, and the exact mechanisms involved is an area of particularly intense contemporary research. Regardless of the means, however, the performance of each neuron is constantly being monitored, and the synaptic strengths are continually readjusted to improve the overall performance of each layer of the network. Neurons can also grow new dendritic and axon branches and create new synapses with other neurons. You may be doing this right now as you read this month's Futurecast."

    I think this is saying that the "feedback" takes the form of an adjustment to the receptivity of a neuron, as opposed to an axon leading back to the imputting neuron. There seem to be dedicated "modulatory" neurons responsible for these feedback-like adjustments, but the whole thing seems not to have been sorted out yet.
    http://www.kurzweilai.net/meme/frame.html?main=/articles/art0254.html?m%3D10 [Broken]
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  9. Dec 20, 2005 #8


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    These modulatory cells are interneurons and glia cells in brain.
    Neurals networks are firstly created redundantly and ameliorated by competition. Those which respond in a better manner to the task are selected by glia by a better feeding and rewards.
  10. Dec 20, 2005 #9
    Very interesting. What are the glia reacting to? (i.e. How do they determine one neuron is responding "better" than another? What do glia like in a neuron?)
  11. Dec 20, 2005 #10
    temporal summation probably, some chemical device...where are the neuroscientists on the forums.
  12. Dec 20, 2005 #11
    What's "temporal summation"?
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    I have unfortunately for replying at the time.
    Glia cells promote the "good" neurons with some growth factor.
    It is called competition between concurrent neurons cells within networks.
    It enhances drammatically the power of neuron computation.
  14. Dec 20, 2005 #13
    temporal summation: the ability for some neurons to record the # of signals from another neuron or region...may only be theoretical but that is the concept.
  15. Dec 21, 2005 #14


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    Hi all,

    About competition as a success story for evolution.

    There was a riddle about owl's vision targeting a mouse from a branch of a tree. Scientists were amazed that an owl need an accuracy of 1µs to compute the position of the mouse but neuron firing was only 1 per ms. It was scientifically impossible that an owl may catch the mouse! But owls catch mice every night!!!

    They observed that neurons doing the job were divided in two populations.
    • a faster and bigger one, active.
    • a slower one, inactive and inhibited by the primers.
    But they came from same native neurons.

    When an owl learns targeting a mouse, if there is an imbalance with the speed of a R neurons with the according L side thus a glia cell boosts the winning R candidate (those who won the "race"). The best are selected and accuracy created by selecting and maintenaing these good guys.

    (From La Recherche)
  16. Dec 21, 2005 #15
    lol and that has to do with the topic at hand how?

    but none-the-less interesting...always wondered if neurons acted on different time systems and summed together masked those t-systems
    Wonder if Carson Chow or Bard Ermentrout could model that.
    guess that answers my question.
  17. Dec 21, 2005 #16
    He was answering my question about why glial cells pick certain neurons to encourage.
  18. Dec 21, 2005 #17


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    there is a lot of summation possible within our living neurons that are not existing in artificial ones.

    temporal summation is a sum that exists when two inputs are quite close in firing and "added" to produce a compound response.

    spatial summation exists when concurrent inputs creates a compound one.

    But all these analogic responses may be changed by some neuro-transmitters. The only rule appliable within neurons is adding and counter-adding (inhibition). There is no legit subtraction.
  19. Dec 21, 2005 #18
    "there is a lot of summation possible within our living neurons that are not existing in artificial ones." ummm thats not true.
    and i thought inhibition is considered to be "subtraction" in mathematical modelling terms.
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  20. Dec 22, 2005 #19


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    How, with signals which have the same sign (all positive) can you produce a subtraction? :wink:
    It is why I said counter-addition.

    It may of course modelled by a subtraction in a math model.
  21. Dec 22, 2005 #20
    and thats what i meant, Somasimple: "It may of course modelled by a subtraction in a math model." I prefer to use math terms. =]
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