2. Operating the Machine

  1. Dianne M. Broussard

Published Online: 23 AUG 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118730133.ch2

The Cerebellum: Learning Movement, Language, and Social Skills

The Cerebellum: Learning Movement, Language, and Social Skills

How to Cite

Broussard, D. M. (2013) Operating the Machine, in The Cerebellum: Learning Movement, Language, and Social Skills, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118730133.ch2

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 23 AUG 2013
  2. Published Print: 15 AUG 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781118125632

Online ISBN: 9781118730133

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Keywords:

  • cerebellar cortex;
  • cerebellum;
  • control system;
  • neural networks;
  • pattern-recognition device

Summary

The cerebellum operates as a linear system and as a discrete timing system. While the cerebellum does these things, it is also learning, identifying patterns, and recoding information. These processes are not mutually exclusive, but the names for various tasks lead to the illusion of an either-or situation. It may make more sense to think of the cerebellum as a large bank of computers, each one doing whatever tasks it is assigned by its input data. Synaptic plasticity gives it the capacity to learn accurately-timed responses to particular patterns of input activity. It also can optimize an adaptive filter that determines how time-varying signals are transmitted by the cerebellum, and a pattern-recognition device that encode patterns as pauses in P-cell discharge. Using all of its tools, the cerebellum can learn to recognize situations, and to generate optimized behavioral responses to them.