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Attractor Networks and the Bayesian Brain

January 16, 2024 T. Ryan O'Leary Episode 48
Attractor Networks and the Bayesian Brain
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Attractor Networks and the Bayesian Brain
Jan 16, 2024 Episode 48
T. Ryan O'Leary

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The brain understands the world by building models that predict the future.  One of the ways that it does this is by utilizing attractor networks.  These small world networks are constantly trying to determine what is a true signal from the constant noise in the neural net.  Dr. O'Leary explores how attractor networks have been hypothesized to explain psychosis, depression, and obsessive compulsive disorder, and how our various treatments might work to stabilize these networks.

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The brain understands the world by building models that predict the future.  One of the ways that it does this is by utilizing attractor networks.  These small world networks are constantly trying to determine what is a true signal from the constant noise in the neural net.  Dr. O'Leary explores how attractor networks have been hypothesized to explain psychosis, depression, and obsessive compulsive disorder, and how our various treatments might work to stabilize these networks.

Please leave feedback at https://www.psydactic.com.

References and readings (when available) are posted at the end of each episode transcript, located at psydactic.buzzsprout.com. All opinions expressed in this podcast are exclusively those of the person speaking and should not be confused with the opinions of anyone else. We reserve the right to be wrong. Nothing in this podcast should be treated as individual medical advice.

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