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Publication Summary and Abstract

Wilson, S. P. (2007), Self-organisation can explain the mapping of angular whisker deflections in the barrel cortex, Masters Thesis, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK.

A topographic mapping of angular whisker deflections has recently been discovered in the barrel cortex of rats (Andermann & Moore, 2006). Characteristics of this map suggest that it could emerge in post-natal development, through self-organisation under a Heb- bian learning regime. This hypothesis was implemented in a self-organising computational model, from which a remarkably similar mapping emerges when whisker deflections are correlated during training. The model is used to make novel predictions of the real system, and work towards a more sophisticated input system is documented.
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