Memory retention--the synaptic stability versus plasticity dilemma.

  title={Memory retention--the synaptic stability versus plasticity dilemma.},
  author={Wickliffe C. Abraham and Anthony J Robins},
  journal={Trends in neurosciences},
  volume={28 2},
Memory maintenance is widely believed to involve long-term retention of the synaptic weights that are set within relevant neural circuits during learning. However, despite recent exciting technical advances, it has not yet proved possible to confirm experimentally this intuitively appealing hypothesis. Artificial neural networks offer an alternative methodology as they permit continuous monitoring of individual connection weights during learning and retention. In such models, ongoing… CONTINUE READING

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