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Integrating Hebbian and homeostatic plasticity: introduction

Fox, Kevin ORCID: and Stryker, Michael 2017. Integrating Hebbian and homeostatic plasticity: introduction. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London Series B - Biological Sciences 372 (1715) , 20160413. 10.1098/rstb.2016.0413

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Hebbian plasticity is widely considered to be the mechanism by which information can be coded and retained in neurons in the brain. Homeostatic plasticity moves the neuron back towards its original state following a perturbation, including perturbations produced by Hebbian plasticity. How then does homeostatic plasticity avoid erasing the Hebbian coded information? To understand how plasticity works in the brain, and therefore to understand learning, memory, sensory adaptation, development and recovery from injury, requires development of a theory of plasticity that integrates both forms of plasticity into a whole. In April 2016, a group of computational and experimental neuroscientists met in London at a discussion meeting hosted by the Royal Society to identify the critical questions in the field and to frame the research agenda for the next steps. Here, we provide a brief introduction to the papers arising from the meeting and highlight some of the themes to have emerged from the discussions. This article is part of the themed issue ‘Integrating Hebbian and homeostatic plasticity’.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Biosciences
Publisher: Royal Society
ISSN: 0962-8436
Date of Acceptance: 16 November 2016
Last Modified: 02 Nov 2022 10:16

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