Welcome to Knowing Neurons’ Neuroscience Fiction Theater. Please note that the following story contains mild profanity and may be unsettling for younger audiences. Reader discretion is advised.
“I’m sorry, Art. What you’re asking for is illegal.”Continue reading
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
The human brain is filled with approximately 100 billion neurons, each of which makes a multitude of connections to neighboring neurons. The diversity of these neurons and vast interconnections facilitate processes such as those involved in decision making, evoking a memory, riding a bike, or simply reading this sentence. Incorrect wiring of these neurons may be the basis of some mental disorders and deficits. To understand how the structure of neural networks mediates function, researchers have emphasized the development of techniques to identify how every neuron is intimately connected to its neighbor neurons. And with this, the field of connectomics is born.Continue reading
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 information flow leads to neurological disease.Continue reading