By J. Leo van Hemmen, Terrence J. Sejnowski
The complexity of the mind and the protean nature of habit stay the main elusive sector of technological know-how, but additionally crucial. van Hemmen and Sejnowski invited 23 specialists from the numerous areas--from evolution to qualia--of structures neuroscience to formulate one challenge each one. even supposing every one bankruptcy was once written independently and will be learn individually, jointly they supply an invaluable roadmap to the sector of structures neuroscience and should function a resource of inspirations for destiny explorers of the mind.
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Our thinking about sensory integration seems much too linear and passive: stimulus a ? response in area x ? response in area y, and so on; in reality, neural circuits are often massively interconnected and reciprocally connected; similarly, our thinking generally ignores the fact that, except for motoneurons, a given neuron never is an end point or its ‘‘response’’ an end product. , decorrelation in OB circuits) or in ‘‘target’’ circuits. , considering ‘‘responses’’ not only as products, but also as ongoing transformations toward some other goal) might be helpful to understand some brain operations.