@misc{cogprints101, volume = {29}, title = {Statistical mechanics of neocortical interactions. Derivation of short-term-memory capacity}, author = {Lester Ingber}, year = {1984}, pages = {3346--3358}, journal = {Physical Review A}, url = {http://cogprints.org/101/}, abstract = {A theory developed by the author to describe macroscopic neocortical interactions demonstrates that empirical values of chemical and electrical parameters of synaptic interactions establish several minima of the path-integral Lagrangian as a function of excitatory and inhibitory columnar firings. The number of possible minima, their time scales of hysteresis and probable reverberations, and their nearest-neighbor columnar interactions are all consistent with well-established empirical rules of human short-term memory. Thus, aspects of conscious experience are derived from neuronal firing patterns, using modern methods of nonlinear nonequilibrium statistical mechanics to develop realistic explicit synaptic interactions.} }