Chance Connections
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Chance Connections

Before virtual brains could see and perform motor tasks as Kate described in the last post, large-scale brain models were being developed in order to identify the synaptic connections between neurons.  By mapping this connectome, researchers hoped to be able to explain how information flows through the brain and ultimately examine how perturbations in this … Continue reading

Towards A Better Brain Model
Movement / Neuro News / Sensation and Perception

Towards A Better Brain Model

One of the fundamental goals of cognitive and systems neuroscience is to create a computer program that can simulate the activity of the human brain, from single neurons, through network level processing, to influences on behavior.  The only problem is that the human brain contains almost 90 billion neurons with an estimated total of 100 … Continue reading

24-Hour Service: The Circadian Clock
Did You Know? / Neurological and Psychiatric Disorders / Sleep

24-Hour Service: The Circadian Clock

Have you ever woken up minutes before your alarm sounded?  This strange phenomenon isn’t just a bizarre coincidence!  Like most living things, we have an extremely accurate and powerful internal biological clock.  As its name implies, this circadian clock operates over “about a day” and is responsible for controlling our sleep-wake cycles, digestive activities, mood, … Continue reading