10 provocative claims

1-  Humans can recognise visual and auditory stimuli that they have not experienced for decades.

2- Recognition after very long delays is possible without ever reactivating the memory trace in the intervening period.canstockphoto4937248

3- These very long term memories require an initial memorisation phase, during which memory strength increases roughly linearly with the number of presentations

4- A few tens of presentations can be enough to form a memory that can last a lifetime.

5- Attention‐related oscillatory brain activity can help store memories efficiently and rapidly

6- Storing such very long-term memories involves the creation of highly selective “Grandmother Cells” that only fire if the original training stimulus is experienced again.

7- The neocortex contains large numbers of totally silent cells (“Neocortical Dark Matter”) that constitute the long-term memory store.

8- Grandmother Cells can be produced using simple spiking neural network models with Spike‐ Time Dependent Plasticity (STDP) and competitive inhibitory lateral connections

9- This selectivity only requires binary synaptic weights that are either “on” or “off”, greatly simplifying the problem of maintaining the memory over long periods.

10- Artificial systems using memristor-like devices can implement the same principles, allowing the development of powerful new processing architectures that could replace conventional computing hardware

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