A theory for the acquisition and loss of neuron specificity in visual cortex

  title={A theory for the acquisition and loss of neuron specificity in visual cortex},
  author={Leon N. Cooper and Fishel Liberman and Erkki Oja},
  journal={Biological Cybernetics},
We assume that between lateral geniculate and visual cortical cells there exist labile synapses that modify themselves in a new fashion called threshold passive modification and in addition, non-labile synapses that contain permanent information. In the theory which results there is an increase in the specificity of response of a cortical cell when it is exposed to stimuli due to normal patterned visual experience. Non-patterned input, such as might be expected when an animal is dark-reared or… CONTINUE READING


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