Persistent Activation Blobs in Spiking Neural Networks with Mexican Hat Connectivity

  • Filip Piekniewski
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6114)


Short range excitation, long range inhibition sometimes referred to as mexican hat connectivity seems to play important role in organization of the cortex, leading to fairly well delineated sites of activation. In this paper we study a computational model of a grid filled with rather simple spiking neurons with mexican hat connectivity. The simulation shows, that when stimulated with small amount of random noise, the model results in a stable activated state in which the spikes are organized into persistent blobs of activity. Furthermore, these blobs exhibit significant lifetime, and stable movement across the domain. We analyze lifetimes and trajectories of the spots, arguing that they can be interpreted as basic computational charge units of the so called spike flow model introduced in earlier work.


spiking networks mexican hat connectivity spike flow model 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Filip Piekniewski
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  1. 1.Faculty of Mathematics and Computer ScienceNicolaus Copernicus UniversityTorunPoland

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