Neuroscientists discover new learning rule for pattern completion

IMAGE: Neuroscientists have discovered a new learning rule for pattern completion. view more Credit: (c) by IST Austria Recently, scientists at the Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria) discovered a new learning rule for a specific type of excitatory synaptic connection in the hippocampus. Their study was now published in the renowned journal Nature Communications on May 13. These synapses are located in the so-called CA3 region of the hippocampus, which plays a critical role for storage and recall of spatial information in the brain. One of its hallmark properties is that memory recall can even be triggered by incomplete cues. This enables the network to complete neuronal activity patterns, a phenomenon termed pattern completion. Professor Peter Jonas and his team, including postdoc José Guzmán and PhD student Rajiv…


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