Differential encoding of sensory information across cortical microcircuitry

CDSNS Colloquium
Friday, January 27, 2023 - 3:30pm for 1 hour (actually 50 minutes)
Skiles 006 and Online
Hannah Choi – Georgia Tech – hannahch@gatech.eduhttps://hannahchoi.math.gatech.edu/
Alex Blumenthal, Jorge Gonzalez

Please Note: https://gatech.zoom.us/j/98358157136

Mammalian cortical networks are known to process sensory information utilizing feedforward and feedback connections along the cortical hierarchy as well as intra-areal connections between different cortical layers. While feedback and feedforward signals have distinct layer-specific connectivity motifs preserved across species, the computational relevance of these connections is not known. Motivated by predictive coding theory, we study how expected and unexpected visual information is encoded along the cortical hierarchy, and how layer-specific feedforward and feedback connectivity contributes to differential, context-dependent representations of information across cortical layers, by analyzing experimental recordings of neural populations and also by building a recurrent neural network (RNN) model of the cortical microcircuitry. Experimental evidence shows that information about identity of the visual inputs and expectations are encoded in different areas of the mouse visual cortex, and simulations with our RNNs which incorporate biologically plausible connectivity motifs suggest that layer-specific feedforward and feedback connections may be the key contributor to this differential representation of information.