Towards a General Theory of Neural Computation Based on Prediction by Single Neurons

@article{Fiorillo2008TowardsAG,
  title={Towards a General Theory of Neural Computation Based on Prediction by Single Neurons},
  author={Christopher D. Fiorillo},
  journal={PLoS ONE},
  year={2008},
  volume={3},
  pages={1936 - 1947}
}
Although there has been tremendous progress in understanding the mechanics of the nervous system, there has not been a general theory of its computational function. Here I present a theory that relates the established biophysical properties of single generic neurons to principles of Bayesian probability theory, reinforcement learning and efficient coding. I suggest that this theory addresses the general computational problem facing the nervous system. Each neuron is proposed to mirror the… CONTINUE READING