A neurocomputational model of stochastic resonance and aging

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  • Shu Chen Li - , Max Planck Institute for Human Development (Author)
  • Timo von Oertzen - , Saarland University (Author)
  • Ulman Lindenberger - , Max Planck Institute for Human Development (Author)


Stochastic resonance (SR) is fundamental to physical and biological processes. Here, we use a stochastic gain-tuning model to investigate interactions between aging-related increase of endogenous neuronal noise and external input noise in affecting SR. Compared to networks that have optimal system gain parameter of the activation function, networks with attenuated endogenous gain tuning at the system level, simulating aging neurocognitive systems with more intrinsic neuronal noise but less plasticity, continue to exhibit the general SR effect; however, this effect is smaller and requires more external noise. This set of finding suggests that determining the optimal proportion of resonance-inducing external noise as a function of internal-system stochastic gain tuning properties promotes unified theorizing about sensory and cognitive aging at behavioral and neural levels of analysis.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1553-1560
Number of pages8
Issue number13-15
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2006
Externally publishedYes

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ORCID /0000-0001-8409-5390/work/142254955



  • Brain aging, Neural network, Neuromodulation, Sensory detection, Stochastic resonance

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