Representation and Learning in Neuronal Networks: A Conceptual Nervous System Approach
The work presented in this review describes the use of large cortical networks developing ex-vivo, in a culture dish, to study principles underlying synchronization, adaptation, learning, and representation in neuronal assemblies. The motivation to study neuronal networks ex-vivo is outlined together with a short description of recent results in this field. Following a short description of the experimental system, a set of basic results will be presented that concern self-organization of activity, dynamical and functional properties of neurons, and networks in response to external stimulation. This short review ends with an outline of future questions and research directions.
Rambam Maimonides Med J 2011;2(3):e0054