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Cell Assemblies in the Cerebral Cortex


Schüz,  A
Department Physiology of Cognitive Processes, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Max Planck Society;
Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Max Planck Society;

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Palm, G., Knoblauch, A., Hauser, F., & Schüz, A. (2014). Cell Assemblies in the Cerebral Cortex. Biological Cybernetics, 108(5), 559-572. doi:10.1007/s00422-014-0596-4.

Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-0027-7FAF-D
Donald Hebbrsquo;s concept of cell assemblies is a physiology-based idea for a distributed neural representation of behaviorally relevant objects, concepts, or constellations. In the late 70s Valentino Braitenberg started the endeavor to spell out the hypothesis that the cerebral cortex is the structure where cell assemblies are formed, maintained and used, in terms of neuroanatomy (which was his main concern) and also neurophysiology. This endeavor has been carried on over the last 30 years corroborating most of his findings and interpretations. This paper summarizes the present state of cell assembly theory, realized in a network of associative memories, and of the anatomical evidence for its location in the cerebral cortex.