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Neural Networks and Brain Function$
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Edmund Rolls and Alessandro Treves

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780198524328

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198524328.001.0001

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Cerebral neocortex

Cerebral neocortex

(p.227) Chapter 10 Cerebral neocortex
Neural Networks and Brain Function

Edmund T. Rolls

Alessandro Treves

Oxford University Press

This chapter attempts to develop a computational theory for the function of the cerebral neocortex. It proposes a theory of the remarkable property of the neocortex that, in addition to forward connections from one area to the next, there are also many projections backwards to the preceding cortical area. It describes the fine structure and connectivity of the neocortex and discusses the theoretical significance of backprojections in the neocortex, the encoding of information in the cerebral cortex, the functions of different cortical areas, and the principles of cortical computation.

Keywords:   cerebral neocortex, computational theory, forward connections, cortical area, backprojections, encoding of information, cortical computation

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