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Monday, January 09, 2017

Inhibitory Neurons

Model Sheds Light on Purpose of Inhibitory Neurons
Summary: Researchers have developed a new computational model that could help shed light on the role of inhibitory neurons.
Source: MIT.
Study suggests computational role for neurons that prevent other neurons from firing.
Researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory have developed a new computational model of a neural circuit in the brain, which could shed light on the biological role of inhibitory neurons — neurons that keep other neurons from firing.Image shows a network of balls and sticks, representing a neural netowrk.
“There’s a close correspondence between what you need for communication in rapidly changing networks and information processing in the brain,” professor Nancy Lynch says. “We’re trying to find problems that can benefit from this distributed-computing perspective, focusing on algorithms for which we can prove mathematical properties.” image is credited to MIT News.

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