Code Under Construction: Neural Coding Over Development

Lilach Avitan, Geoffrey J. Goodhill*

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Developing animals must begin to interact with the world before their neural development is complete. This means they must build neural codes appropriate for turning sensory inputs into motor outputs adaptively as their neural hardware matures. We review some recent progress in the understanding of the relationship between neural coding and neural circuit development. We focus particularly on neural coding in the context of topographic maps and spontaneous activity, as well as receptive field and circuit development, drawing on examples from both mammalian visual cortex and fish optic tectum. Overall we suggest that neural coding strategies during development may be highly dynamic.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)599-609
Number of pages11
JournalTrends in Neurosciences
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2018
Externally publishedYes

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  • Bayesian inference
  • circuit development
  • neural coding
  • receptive field
  • spontaneous activity
  • topographic map


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