Seminários do Grupo de Pesquisa GRIFE – Sistemas Complexos

Postado em 16 de novembro de 2020


Dreams, Endocannabinoids and Itinerant Dynamics in Neural Networks

Apresentador: Prof. Osame Kinouchi – FFCLRP/USP

Resumo


In this work we reevaluate and elaborate Crick-Mitchison’s proposal that REM-sleep corresponds to a self-organized process for unlearning attractors in neural networks. This reformulation is made at the face of recent findings concerning the intense activation of the amygdalar complex during REM-sleep, the involvement of endocannabinoids in synaptic weakening and new neural network models with itinerant associative dynamics. We distinguish between a neurological REM-sleep function and a related evolutionary/behavioral dreaming function. At the neurological level, we propose that REM-sleep regulates excessive plasticity and weakens over stable brain activation patterns, especially in the amygdala, hippocampus and motor systems. At the behavioral level, we propose that dream narrative evolved as exploratory behavior made in a virtual environment promoting “emotional (un)learning”, that is, habituation of emotional responses, anxiety and fear. Several predictions of the unlearning idea that are at variance with the memory consolidation hypothesis are discussed.

 

 

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Seminários do Grupo de Pesquisa GRIFE – Sistemas Complexos: Dreams, Endocannabinoids and Itinerant Dynamics in Neural Networks

Quando | 19 de novembro de 2020
Local | YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HWtb8JFWD64.
Horário | às 15h

 

Organização: Grupo de Pesquisa GRIFE – Sistemas Complexos