Spatial structure from diffusive synaptic plasticity (Sweeney and Clopath, 2016)

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In this paper we propose a new form of Hebbian synaptic plasticity which is mediated by a diffusive neurotransmitter. The effects of this diffusive plasticity are implemented in networks of rate-based neurons, and lead to the emergence of spatial structure in the synaptic connectivity of the network.
1 . Sweeney Y, Clopath C (2017) Emergent spatial synaptic structure from diffusive plasticity. Eur J Neurosci 45:1057-1067 [PubMed]
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Transmitter(s): NO;
Simulation Environment: Python;
Model Concept(s): Hebbian plasticity; Long-term Synaptic Plasticity; Volume transmission;
Implementer(s): Sweeney, Yann [yann.sweeney at];
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# Emergent spatial synaptic structure from diffusive plasticity. European Journal of Neuroscience (2016).

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Functions for running simulations of receptive field development in a feedforward network with diffusive BCM are contained in Receptive_field_formation_dBCM.ipynb is an IPython notebook which runs a simulation and produces Figure 5C,E from the paper.

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