Volume 10 Supplement 1

Eighteenth Annual Computational Neuroscience Meeting: CNS*2009

Open Access

Fundamental principles by which the brain could process information: an information management perspective

  • Eugen Oetringer1Email author,
  • Manuel F Casanova2 and
  • Michael Fitzgerald3
BMC Neuroscience200910(Suppl 1):P115

DOI: 10.1186/1471-2202-10-S1-P115

Published: 13 July 2009

Background

One of the authors discovered that certain unconventional treatments for dyslexia, ADHD and other mental conditions use the same techniques that are used to remove capacity bottlenecks in large computers. Breakthrough experiences from one of those treatments led to the question: Would it be possible to build an information management model through which the capacity bottleneck theory could be confirmed?

Method

An architectural approach, as used in the information technology industry, brought two extremely limiting criteria to the forefront: the speed at which neurons operate and the enormous complexity that comes with computer-style parallel processing. Any such model had to be within the low speed requirement of about 100 straight-line neurons between thought and muscle activation, avoid computer-style parallel processing and yet allow for massive parallel processing.

Results

The architectural approach led to only eight fundamental design criteria. When those were put next to fundamental architectural criteria as known from the brain (columns, the layers of the neocortex, etc.), the information management model emerged. It became a two-way neural network switching model.

Discussion

Based on this model and in line with the emerging view of the brain operating in a self-organizing, pattern-forming and dynamic way, we propose fundamental principles by which neurons/patterns associate with each other, how neurons/patterns could activate each other, how the more relevant patterns/associations surface above the chaos of information and how the brain could process information in general.

Authors’ Affiliations

(1)
a private research initiative
(2)
Department of Psychiatry, University of Louisville
(3)
Department of Psychiatry, Trinity College Dublin

Copyright

© Oetringer et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2009

This article is published under license to BioMed Central Ltd.

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