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You don’t know how nerdy you are till….

….you see this book description on amazon and think about buying this book….

“Adaptive sensory processing influences the central nervous system’s interpretation of incoming sensory information. One of the functions of this adaptive sensory processing is to allow the nervous system to ignore predictable sensory information so that it may focus on important novel information needed to improve performance of specific tasks. The mechanism of spike-timing-dependent plasticity (STDP) has proven to be intriguing in this context because of its dual role in long-term memory and ongoing adaptation to maintain optimal tuning of neural responses. Some of the clearest links between STDP and adaptive sensory processing have come from in vitro, in vivo, and modeling studies of the electrosensory systems of weakly electric fish. Plasticity in these systems is anti-Hebbian, so that presynaptic inputs that repeatedly precede, and possibly could contribute to, a postsynaptic neuron’s firing are weakened. The learning dynamics of anti-Hebbian STDP learning rules are stable if the timing relations obey strict constraints. The stability of these learning rules leads to clear predictions of how functional consequences can arise from the detailed structure of the plasticity. Here we review the connection between theoretical predictions and functional consequences of anti-Hebbian STDP, focusing on adaptive processing in the electrosensory system of weakly electric fish. After introducing electrosensory adaptive processing and the dynamics of anti-Hebbian STDP learning rules, we address issues of predictive sensory cancelation and novelty detection, descending control of plasticity, synaptic scaling, and optimal sensory tuning. We conclude with examples in other systems where these principles may apply.”


(For the record, I didn’t buy it because it was only available as a kindle version, and I need paper)


About hbhatnagar

I need to fill this up with much better content than I had populated it with earlier. Why I write a blog maybe? I started blogging in 2009 or thereabouts. I was a newly turned atheist and wanted to converse with others of the same persuasion. We're not exactly a big population group in India! It didn't go very well and I sort of lost interest, posting a few things now and then. I got a lot more regular over the last few months and have been posting almost daily since February '15. There were many reasons why I gradually became more regular in posting, but one way or the other, here I am! So this blog has taken shape, being at different points in time my showcase, my comedy club, my art gallery, my book club, my therapist, my close friend, my innermost self....but always my little corner of the world. You are all welcome to visit and I hope you stay awhile! A few points about me because I don't want to lead anyone on(and trust me this does become an issue more often than I'd care to admit). I'm Indian, the brown-skinned variety; if race, ethnicity or skin colour is an issue, you don't have to get to know me any more than what you see on my blog. I'm 40, so if age is an issue, please be informed accordingly. I was a doctor, an ophthalmic surgeon for 10 years before I quit practice.


23 thoughts on “You don’t know how nerdy you are till….

  1. Like life is not complicated enough. You have got to be kidding. My eyes crossed. LOL

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    Posted by AmyRose๐ŸŒน | 11/04/2016, 2:00 AM
  2. How nerdy am I, if I skipped that whole description just after reading the first few words? ๐Ÿ˜€

    Liked by 1 person

    Posted by Aadhira | 11/04/2016, 12:53 AM
  3. And may I add…you don’t know how nerdy you are until you read that description and realize you understood everything without having to google-search a single term…..yeah, I need some sunlight ๐Ÿ˜€

    Liked by 1 person

    Posted by Borderline Med | 10/04/2016, 10:40 PM
  4. Complicated… for me to understand. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Liked by 1 person

    Posted by Amy | 10/04/2016, 9:57 PM
  5. I didn’t finish reading it, it was scary

    Liked by 1 person

    Posted by Mon โ˜  | 10/04/2016, 8:55 PM
  6. A gripping synopsis with mass appeal ๐Ÿ™‚


    Posted by LionAroundWriting | 10/04/2016, 5:41 PM

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