Single Cortical Neurons as Deep Artificial Neural Networks

September, 2021


• Cortical neurons are well approximated by a deep neural network (DNN) with 5–8 layers

• DNN’s depth arises from the interaction between NMDA receptors and dendritic morphology

• Dendritic branches can be conceptualized as a set of spatiotemporal pattern detectors

• We provide a unified method to assess the computational complexity of any neuron type