A novel plasticity rule can explain the development of sensorimotor intelligence

@article{Der2015ANP,
  title={A novel plasticity rule can explain the development of sensorimotor intelligence},
  author={Ralf Der and Georg Martius},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  year={2015},
  volume={112 45},
  pages={E6224-32}
}
Grounding autonomous behavior in the nervous system is a fundamental challenge for neuroscience. In particular, self-organized behavioral development provides more questions than answers. Are there special functional units for curiosity, motivation, and creativity? This paper argues that these features can be grounded in synaptic plasticity itself, without requiring any higher-level constructs. We propose differential extrinsic plasticity (DEP) as a new synaptic rule for self-learning systems… CONTINUE READING
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