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Larry 1o1 at o2.ie
Mon Dec 30 14:18:52 EST 2002

That article refers(as I understood) to a synaptic change... e.g. a 
dendrite will be break a synapse and build another synaptic link with 
another potential axon? which will give sense to his idea in fast 
reconfiguration for artificial neural networks.
 Now, as far as I know side axons are "harder" to find then dendrites. On 
the other side growth speed for both axons/dendrites isn't fast enough in 
order for one/same dendrite to be able to break and form a new synapse in a 
matter of minutes? Even this accelerated rate of growth/change might happen 
in a few exceptional cases I still don't think we can consider it as 
general rule in NN design? 
 Or, maybe I reading between lines and this article is not talking about 
"the same connections" but in general? :)


Donald Doherty, Ph.D. wrote:

> Rapid extension and retraction of cell processes is well within the
> boundaries of reality. Brain cells are dynamic living entities with
> subcellular transport, actin cytoskeletons, etc. Watch single celled
> organisms such as paramecium and ameba to see how rapid cell processes can
> be.

> However, some people were surprised to see rapid dynamic processes in the
> adult brain because most assumed that brain connections were static after
> they were formed during childhood.
> (There are all sorts of reasons for the assumed static adult connections,
> including ideas about how learning and memory take place, but a complete
> discussion would take a book or two :^)
> Donald Doherty, Ph.D.
> Brainstage Research, Inc.
> www.brainstage.com

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