Better Cell Assemblies

by Chris Huyck and Ritwik Kulkarni

BICA 2015, November 2015

Hebb published the idea of Cell Assemblies (CAs) in 1949, and it's largely agreed that we have them.

If you have a concept, say cat, it is represented by a CA.

CAs are thus central to neuropsychology, and biological cognitive architectures.

CAs are sets of neurons that can fire persistently, are learned, fire synchronously, and are each a relatively small subset of all the neurons.

The problem is that our models using simulated neurons do not do a very good job of implementing CAs.