The cerebellar microcircuit as an adaptive filter: experimental and computational evidence

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Initial investigations of the cerebellar microcircuit inspired the Marr–Albus theoretical framework of cerebellar function. We review recent developments in the experimental understanding of cerebellar microcircuit characteristics and in the computational analysis of Marr–Albus models. We conclude that many Marr–Albus models are in effect adaptive filters, and that evidence for symmetrical long-term potentiation and long-term depression, interneuron plasticity, silent parallel fibre synapses and recurrent mossy fibre connectivity is strikingly congruent with predictions from adaptive-filter models of cerebellar function. This congruence suggests that insights from adaptive-filter theory might help to address outstanding issues of cerebellar function, including both microcircuit processing and extra-cerebellar connectivity.

AuthorsDean, Paul; Porrill, John; Ekerot, Carl-Fredrik; Jörntell, Henrik
JournalNature Reviews Neuroscience