Efficient Neural Stimulation with In-Silico Stimulation, class project

For my class project in Alan Jasanoff’s course Neurotechnology in Action, I experimented with modeling the behavioral effects of microstimulation. I used Afraz et al., Nature 2006 as a reference and started from our recently developed CORnet model (Kubilius*, Schrimpf* et al. NeurIPS 2019). By increasing the activity at parts in the model, I was able to reproduce the behavioral effects reported by Afraz et al. to a first extent. On top of that, I used the model to predict which improvements in neurotechnology hardware would best support behavioral control. I think modeling the behavioral effects of neural perturbations is an exciting direction and I’m hoping to thereby bring the models closer to clinical applications. For more details, please see the paper.