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Computational Units in the Brain

In this episode, we discussed how computations are performed at multiple levels in the brain, and how different computational units contribute to brain function.

What is the basic unit of computation in the brain?

“The Basic Unit of Computation” Anthony Zador, 2000

Is it a neuron? (Listen to our episode on predictive coding and dendrites for more about the complexity within single neurons!)

What types of mechanisms contribute to the formation of computational units? This review explores how "plasticity rules" regulate the formation of neural assemblies:

“Formation and computational implications of assemblies in neural circuits” Miehl et al. (2022)

What are cortical columns? How are they a computational unit, and what is their function?

Numenta (Jeff Hawkins’ company) discoveries:


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