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Speed of feedforward and recurrent processing in multilayer networks of integrate-and-fire neurons

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Stefano Panzeri, Ruth Lavis


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The speed of processing in the visual cortical areas can be fast, with for example the latency of neuronal responses increasing by only approximately 10 ms per area in the ventral visual system sequence V1 to V2 to V4 to inferior temporal visual cortex. This has led to the suggestion that rapid visual processing can only be based on the feedforward connections between cortical areas. To test this idea, we investigated the dynamics of information retrieval in multiple layer networks using a four-stage feedforward network modelled with continuous dynamics with integrate-and-fire neurons, and associative synaptic connections between stages with a synaptic time constant of 10 ms. Through the implementation of continuous dynamics, we found latency differences in information retrieval of only 5 ms per layer when local excitation was absent and processing was purely feedforward. However, information latency differences increased significantly when non-associative local excitation was included. We also found that local recurrent excitation through associatively modified synapses can contribute significantly to processing in as little as 15 ms per layer, including the feedforward and local feedback processing. Moreover, and in contrast to purely feed-forward processing, the contribution of local recurrent feedback was useful and approximately this rapid even when retrieval was made difficult by noise. These findings suggest that cortical information processing can benefit from recurrent circuits when the allowed processing time per cortical area is at least 15 ms long.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Panzeri S, Rolls ET, Battaglia F, Lavis R

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Network: Computation in Neural Systems

Year: 2001

Volume: 12

Issue: 4

Pages: 423-440

ISSN (print): 0954-898X

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Publisher: Informa Healthcare


DOI: 10.1088/0954-898X/12/4/302


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