Abstract

Temporal coding is studied for an oscillatory neural network model with synchronization and acceleration. The latter mechanism refers to increasing (decreasing) the phase velocity of each unit for stronger (weaker) or more coherent (decoherent) input from the other units. It has been demonstrated that acceleration generates the desynchronization that is needed for self-organized segmentation of two overlapping patterns. In this letter, we continue the discussion of this remarkable feature, giving also an example with several overlapping patterns. Due to acceleration, Hebbian memory implies a frequency spectrum for pure pattern states, defined as coherent patterns with decoherent overlapping patterns. With reference to this frequency spectrum and related frequency bands, the process of pattern retrieval, corresponding to the formation of temporal coding assemblies, is described as resulting from constructive interference (with frequency differences due to acceleration) and phase locking (due to synchronization).

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