Intracranial EEG and Mental Time Travel

A familiar progression of chords blares out of your speakers as the red lights of the surrounding traffic fade into the memory of a dark stage illuminated by pulsing neon lights.  You replace your current discomfort (horrendous traffic!) with the memory of the last concert you attended – reliving the percussive sensory experience and feeling the intensity of the vibrating sound waves.  As you bust out the occasional air guitar move and tap out the beat on your dashboard, you are successfully retrieving a memory and reinstating a specific pattern of neural activity.  This mental time travel enables you to escape the confinement of your surrounding environment and plunge into the memory of enjoyable past experiences.Continue reading

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EyeWire: A Game To Map The Brain

Solving the mysteries of the connectome may require something more powerful than a supercomputer.  The makers of EyeWire think that it’s you who can help map the brain!  This game was invented in Sebastian Seung’s Computational Neuroscience Lab at MIT and now has over 70,000 players from over 130 countries!  The best part is that the game doesn’t require a scientific background, so anyone can play!  Join the EyeWire community and be a part of neuroscience discovery!Continue reading

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Imaging the Brain with Sculpted Light

Perhaps the biggest goal in neuroscience is to understand how individual neurons interact with each other in both space and time.  The more detailed our understanding of complex neural networks is, the more we can understand how an organism’s nervous system processes information to generate behavior.  To achieve this goal, neuroscience research has focused on obtaining detailed anatomical wiring maps, such as those produced by the Human Connectome ProjectContinue reading