NEURON files from the paper: Single neuron binding properties and the magical number 7, by M. Migliore, G. Novara, D. Tegolo, Hippocampus, in press (2008). In an extensive series of simulations with realistic morphologies and active properties, we demonstrate how n radial (oblique) dendrites of these neurons may be used to bind n inputs to generate an output signal. The results suggest a possible neural code as the most effective n-ple of dendrites that can be used for short-term memory recollection of persons, objects, or places. Our analysis predicts a straightforward physiological explanation for the observed puzzling limit of about 7 short-term memory items that can be stored by humans.
Model Type: Dendrite
Cell Type(s): Hippocampus CA1 pyramidal GLU cell
Model Concept(s): Pattern Recognition; Activity Patterns; Dendritic Action Potentials; Coincidence Detection; Spatio-temporal Activity Patterns; Active Dendrites; Detailed Neuronal Models; Action Potentials; Synaptic Integration; Working memory; Learning; Action Selection/Decision Making
Simulation Environment: NEURON
Implementer(s): Migliore, Michele [Michele.Migliore at Yale.edu]