Neuroscientists have a dizzying array of methods to listen in on hundreds or even thousands of neurons in the brain and have even developed tools to manipulate the activity of individual cells. Will this unprecedented access to the brain allow us to finally crack the mystery of how it works? Here we revisit a 2017 paper claiming that modern neuroscience approaches wouldn’t even allow us to understand the simplest “brain” (a microprocessor) and we re-evaluate that critique in the context of some exciting new research.Read More
How do we know that a constellation of firing neurons are actually representing the outside world? What does it mean for the brain to “represent” something? This article weaves together a classic paper in vision with philosophical theory to explore this fundamental question.Read More
Humans often work together to accomplish complex tasks, including language learning, or singing harmonies. How does the brain support that kind of complex, coordinated group behavior? A species of duetting birds offers some clues - and suggests your brain may have a bigger backstage role than you might think.Read More
This week on Neurotalk, we speak with Rainer Friedrich about information coding in the olfactory bulb, optogenetic stimulation of olfactory neurons in the zebrafish, and more!
Dr. Friedrich is a Senior Group Leader and Professor at the Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research.