Learning & the aging brain

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CSSS Santa Fe 2007


Next meeting: Monday, June 11, 7PM: should present short blurb on exploratory topics

We can mimic the effect of aging on the human brain by deliberately corrupting neural network models of human learning (e.g. random deletion of nodes/synapses).

Possible directions include: exploring compensatory mechanisms for neuronal loss (related to self-healing networks?), modeling specific age-related diseases - e.g. Alzheimer's, Parkinson's (chaos & tremors?).

Please feel free to add questions, theories, suggestions.

Who's interested

  • Kristen Fortney
  • Gregor Obernosterer
  • Amitabh Trehan
  • Vikas Shah
  • Biljana Petreska
  • Amelie Veron
  • Wenyun Zuo
  • Saleha Habibullah
  • Yossi Yovel
  • jd
  • Natasha Qaisar

Questions to answer

What sorts of age defects should be incorporated into the network?

What type of neural net should be used as a model? (backprop/attractor/etc)

Background reading

Integrative neurocomputational perspectives on cognitive aging, neuromodulation, and representation. - Li and Sikstrom

Neuroengineering models of brain disease. - Finkel

Patterns of functional damage in neural network models of associative memory

Possibly related

What is physiologic complexity and how does it change with aging and disease? - Goldberger, Peng, Lipsitz

Exploratory committees

General note: all should look at best neural network approach to their problem

  • Demyelination: Biljana & Yossi
    • Process to model these systems, time-delay in neural networks
    • Biology of MS
  • Normal aging: Kristin & Vikas & Amitabh
    • Biological underpinning, general patterns of damage
  • Parkinson's disease: jd & Kristin
  • Alzheimer's disease: Gregor & Natasha & Vikas
  • Boolean networks and self-healing: Amelie & Amitabh & Wenyun
  • Social implications of aging: Saleha & Amelie


  • Attractor neural networks
  • Boolean networks
  • Biological basis diseases (once chosen)