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ref: Ganguly-2009.07 tags: Ganguly Carmena 2009 stable neuroprosthetic BMI control learning kinarm date: 01-14-2012 21:07 gmt revision:4 [3] [2] [1] [0] [head]

PMID-19621062 Emergence of a stable cortical map for neuroprosthetic control.

  • Question: Are the neuronal adaptations evident in BMI control stable and stored like with skilled motor learning?
    • There is mixed evidence for stationary neuron -> behavior maps in motor cortex.
      • It remains unclear if the tuning relationship for M1 neurons are stable across time; if they are not stable, rather advanced adaptive algorithms will be required.
  • A stable representation did occur.
    • Small perturbations to the size of the neuronal ensemble or to the decoder could disrupt function.
    • Compare with {291} -- opposite result?
    • A second map could be learned after primary map was consolidated.
  • Used a Kinarm + Plexon, as usual.
    • Regressed linear decoder (Wiener filter) to shoulder and elbow angle.
  • Assessed waveform stability with PCA (+ amplitude) and ISI distribution (KS test).
  • Learning occurred over the course of 19 days; after about 8 days performance reached an asymptote.
    • Brain control trajectory to target became stereotyped over the course of training.
      • Stereotyped and curved -- they propose a balance of time to reach target and effort to enforce certain firing rate profiles.
    • Performance was good even at the beginning of a day -- hence motor maps could be recalled.
  • By analyzing neuron firing wrt idealized movement to target, the relationship between neuron & movement proved to be stable.
  • Tested to see if all neurons were required for accurate control by generating an online neuron dropping curve, in which a random # of units were omitted from the decoder.
    • Removal of 3 neurons (of 10 - 15) resulted in > 50% drop in accuracy.
  • Tried a shuffled decoder as well: this too could be learned in 3-8 days.
    • Shuffling was applied by permuting the neurons-to-lags mapping. Eg. the timecourse of the lags was not changed.
  • Also tried retraining the decoder (using manual control on a new day) -- performance dropped, then rapidly recovered when the original fixed decoder was reinstated.
    • This suggests that small but significant changes in the model weights (they do not analyze what) are sufficient for preventing an established cortical map from being transformed to a reliable control signal.
  • A fair bit of effort was put into making & correcting tuning curves, which is problematic as these are mostly determined by the decoder
    • Better idea would be to analyze the variance / noise properties wrt cursor trajectory?
  • Performance was about the same for smaller (10-15) and larger (41) unit ensembles.