Edmund T. Rolls

Cerebral Cortex: Principles of Operation

Oxford University Press

(Paperback published November 2017)

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To illustrate the principles of operation of some fundamental neuronal networks involved in cortical computation:  Neuronal Network Simulation Software

Cerebral Cortex

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Cerebral Cortex: Contents and Appendices 2 and 4

Neuronal Network Simulation Software

Cerebral Cortex: Appendix 3 Neural Coding

Appendix A3 of Rolls and Treves 1998 Capacity of pattern association networks

Book Review

Cerebral Cortex: Principles of Operation.

ISBN: 978019 8784852 (hardback) 

ISBN: 978019 8820345 (paperback)

The overall aim of this book is to provide insight into the principles of operation of the cerebral cortex. These are key to understanding how we, as humans, function.

This book focuses on how the cortex works at the computational neuroscience level. The book aims to forge an understanding of how some key brain systems may operate at the computational level, so that we can understand how the cortex actually performs some of its complex and necessarily computational functions in memory, perception, attention, decision-making, and cognitive functons.

The book does not attempt to produce a single computational theory of how the cortex operates. Instead, I highlight many different principles of cortical function, most of which are likely to be building blocks of how our cortex operates. The reason for this approach is that many of the principles may well be correct, and useful in understanding how the cortex operates, but some might turn out not to be useful or correct. The aim of this book is therefore to propose some of the fundamental principles of operation of the cerebral cortex, many or most of which will provide a foundation for understanding the operation of the cortex, rather than to produce a single theory of operation of the cortex, which might be disproved if any one of its elements was found to be weak.

David Nutt, Professor of Neuropsychopharmacology at Imperial College London and President of the European Brain Council said:

"A book remarkable in its ambition, and even more remarkable in its content. A truly landmark achievement by a neuroscientist who has brought together his lifetime of research knowledge and experience into this outstanding volume. Edmund Rolls is to be congratulated on this impressive synthesis of decades of neuroscience data."

The Contents and Appendices 2 and 4 are available here. Appendix 4 is 'Simulation software for neuronal network models'. The operation of biologically plausible neuronal networks is described in Appendix 2 'Neuronal network models'.