Emergence of memory

K. Klemm, P. Alstrøm

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We propose a new self-organizing mechanism behind the emergence of memory in which temporal sequences of stimuli are transformed into spatial activity patterns. In particular, the memory emerges despite the absence of temporal correlations in the stimuli. This suggests that neural systems may prepare a spatial structure for processing information before the information itself is available. A simple model illustrating the mechanism is presented based on three principles: 1) Competition between neural units, 2) Hebbian plasticity, and 3) recurrent connections.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)662-668
Number of pages7
JournalEurophysics Letters
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1 2002


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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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Klemm, K., & Alstrøm, P. (2002). Emergence of memory. Europhysics Letters, 59(5), 662-668. https://doi.org/10.1209/epl/i2002-00176-1