Accession Number:

ADA222656

Title:

An Introduction to the Information Processing Components of the Brain

Descriptive Note:

Memorandum rept.

Corporate Author:

ROYAL SIGNALS AND RADAR ESTABLISHMENT MALVERN (UNITED KINGDOM)

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1990-01-12

Pagination or Media Count:

25.0

Abstract:

Over the past decade there has been increasing interest in neurological inspired computational techniques. This interest arises from the concurrence of two factors firstly, a growing list of interesting tasks for which serial digital computers are unsuitable, and secondly, information gained from the application of new techniques in neurobiology. This text is intended to provide an introduction to neurobiological terms of physical scientists and engineers, with some pointers to further reading. As an introduction little prior knowledge is assumed and the text begins with a short description of a generic neuron. This description is followed by more detailed discussions of those aspects of neurobiology of particular importance in information processing. The topics covered include the following. The electrical signals used to represent information. The ion conduction mechanisms employed by cells to support these signals. The behaviour of cell membranes and intercellular junctions. Finally a few comments on the immediate implications of even a superficial understanding of neurobiology are included. rh

Subject Categories:

  • Bionics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE