Model of attentional brain function

P. Koch, G. Leisman

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The authors model the brain stem as two layers of purely excitatory and inhibitory cells, with a time delay in transmission of information between the layers. The response to a localized afferent impulse is a strong function of this inhibitory delay, at first showing increased amplification as the delay increases, but at larger delays showing increased convection away from the impulse location. These features are consistent with the function of the brain stem in regulating attentional levels and have possible implications for the understanding of higher brain mechanisms.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages6
StatePublished - 1989
Externally publishedYes
EventIJCNN International Joint Conference on Neural Networks - Washington, DC, USA
Duration: 18 Jun 198922 Jun 1989


ConferenceIJCNN International Joint Conference on Neural Networks
CityWashington, DC, USA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering


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