Hebbian Covariance Learning

A Nexus for Respiratory Variability, Memory, and Optimization?
  • Daniel L. Young
  • Chi-Sang PoonEmail author
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 450)


Respiration is a vital autonomic function that is characterized by an almost unwavering ability to maintain homeostatic blood gas and pH levels in the face of profound physiological and environmental challenges. This remarkable behavior has led many researchers to assume that respiratory control is a reflexogenic process whose sole purpose is simply to maintain nominal body gas and pH tones. While this model has born some insight into certain aspects of the respiratory system, it fails to account for more complex behaviors of the system that have been increasingly recognized.


Synaptic Plasticity Respiratory System Synaptic Weight Ventilation Rate Respiratory Control 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and TechnologyCambridgeUSA
  2. 2.Department of Mechanical EngineeringMassachusetts Institute of TechnologyCambridgeUSA

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