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Are neurons the wrong shape to model neural networks?

Looking at neural networks, each node can be described as a neuron with either several long input wires, or several long output wires. A neuron, however, has many short input wires (dendrites) and a ...
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Mind uploading & its constituents: Theoretically possible?

Is it possible to remove the mind from the rest of the body and have it "alive" somehow as in its former known form? Mind uploading would be computerizing a mind to preserve data, memories and etc. ...
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Find volume of lesion mask

I have drawn a lesion mask using FSLeyes on a T1-weighted image for MS patients. Is there tool to get the lesion volume from the mask?
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What activity causes the highest level of brain-activity?

I expect balancing on a tightrope and juggling apples while listening to Mozart would trigger more brain activity than say playing chess, and while there are many ways to measure/define brain activity,...
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Supplementary Motor Area or Juxtapositional Lobule Cortex

Harvard-Oxford Cortical Structural Atlas now calls the 'Supplementary Motor Area' the 'Juxtapositional Lobule Cortex (formerly Supplementary Motor Cortex)'. I've looked for papers that explain the ...
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Can the neurological damage done by alcohol be reversed?

I read online that heavy alcohol consumption can lead to neurological damage, specifically in areas that affect your cognitive performance and memory but what I couldn’t find is if the damage can be ...
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What is the psychology behind bathroom humor? [on hold]

It it common for young children to laugh at stuff like "poopy butt" or "Poopy in the potty" or other stuff like that. I see no reason why that is evolutionary beneficial to do that. What is the ...
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Publicly accessible database for the Autistic brain under MRI and/or fMRI

American neuroscientist James H. Fallon released many of the images of MRIs from diagnosed psychopaths and was able to identify a pattern when compared to the average individual. Is there a database ...
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How does Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) work?

There is mounting evidence that EFT, a form of therapy which combines cognitive, exposure therapy along with acupuncture point stimulation is effective - EFT for PTSD question What are the biological ...
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Myelin and Myelin Sheath

https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/002261.htm Why is Myelin used as a term to mean the Myelin Sheath as opposed to the proper term? It is apparent to me that Myelin is the substance itself ...
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Comorbidity of Neurodevelopmental Disorders between them and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3416662/ OCD being an anxiety disorder and OCPD being a personality disorder it is entirely possible that these two can be present on the same patient. ...
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Neurodevelopmental Disorders, Cognitive Function and Causing someone to Learn

Children may elicit, either through active engagement or some feature of their personality or appearance, a response from their environment that might protect them from deprivation-related risk either ...
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Trust after the first 200 milliseconds

In the first 200 ms of meeting someone our implicit / System 1 brain makes a number of inferences (based on age, gender, race, voice, smell among others) to determine whether we ‘like’ the other ...
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Good neuroscience research blogs

In the field of AI research there are really good research blogs that regularly analyse methods and review papers. Examples that come to mind are: BAIR blog: The Berkeley AI Research blog Distill: an ...
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Understanding the 'Wiring Catastrophe'

Introduction: In 'Wiring optimization in the brain'(2000), Dmitri Chklovskii and Charles Stevens analyse the dependence of the complexity of cortical circuits on the number of synapses per neuron ...
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How neurons and mind can be related? [duplicate]

As we know neurons are matter . But mind is not matter .You can see a brain but can't see a mind . Why from outside brain is full neurons , but when it's inside you , it starts to create mind, visions,...
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The same neuron sometimes released different neurotransmitters, so how does this affect our interpretation of computational models?

Most studies I see compare firing rate with some observed variable (stimuli or behavior). However, they treat all spikes the same. But neurons sometimes release different neurotransmitters depending ...
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Why do solutions to problems feel simple (or obvious) once we are given them?

I was watching a video about one of the hardest maths problems even examined in the IMO (International Math Olympiad). And once I was walked through the solution, it seemed so obvious to me, as I'm ...
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William James “Principles of Psychology” and Brain Plasticity

I am reading William James' "Principles of Psychology". It is clear in his research that he was acutely aware of brain plasticity and the limited capacity for a precise "schema" (ie. static brain map)...
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Neurological explanation for differences in what motivates runners?

I have noticed differences between how my friends and I are motivated with regards to exercise, and would like to better understand what is influencing this difference psychologically. Personally, ...
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Bipolar Disorder Patient data

Can someone provide me with an electrocardiogram signal of a bipolar patient? I'd like to have a trace obtained in an intermittent period, i.e., when the patient is not experiencing a depressed or ...
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What are the average dimensions of human Purkinje cells in the cerebellum?

I'm looking for the dimensions, specifically the dendritic tree of the human Purkinje cells. All classical papers such as Eccles, Andersen, Palay Chan-Palay mention dimensions of cat, mouse, rat or ...
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How can we know which types of brainwaves is dominated at particular state?

I am a freshman at Neuroscience. As I learned there are 5 types of brainwaves: Gamma, Beta, Alpha, Theta and Delta, each types have a different frequency range. So my question is when onserving a ...
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Is there a neurological reason why women do not occupy top positions in the chess ranking?

I want to turn arround this question posted on chess exchange where sociological arguments are given to explain why only two of the world's top 100 chess players are women. Are there neurological ...
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Is the hippocampus responsible for storing or creating memories?

I've heard that severe damage to the hippocampus results in the inability to form new memories but still remember old ones. Am I mistaking something? Is the hippocampus responsible for storing ...
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How much we should trust our brain

Our brain is trained from culture and environment that we're raised in. So we don't control what we're learning until we get to teenage. But by that time our behaviour is already been shaped. This ...
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Are personality characteristics correlated with certain underlying features of the facial expressions of a person?

For instance is it possible to determine with some degree of accuracy if a person is ranks high in openness to new ideas by some photos of the person?
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How common is it to include unmedicated patients in first episode psychosis (or any type of psychosis) studies?

Is anyone familiar with this open access study? Radua, J., Borgwardt, S., Crescini, A., Mataix-Cols, D., Meyer-Lindenberg, A., McGuire, P. K., & Fusar-Poli, P. (2012). Multimodal meta-analysis of ...
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What's the pathfinding algorithm the human brain uses?

I was trying to build a software simulation of people using different pathways in a city to get from point A to point B. I do know the Dijkstra's algorithm and the A* algorithm, but what they do is to ...
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Do psychiatrists and researchers themselves don't have an idea how antidepressants work?

This question may be seen as an extension of my previous question, here. I was talking to a person online where s/he mentioned that psychiatrists themselves don't have an idea as to how SSRIs work. ...
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Has there been any neuroscientific study of polydactyly?

I have been reading about polydactyly and found that surgery is only necessary in certain cases. It depends on way the extra digit on the hand or foot is attached. For example, central polydactyly (...
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What is a sensorimotor connection in plain English?

I have googled, but haven't found any definition simple enough that I understand. I would appreciate it if you could give me an example as well! Thanks, Jack
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Supposed 'brain training' [duplicate]

The term brain training is nothing new, however how effective is the 'N-back' method, does this work scientifically speaking? There are mixed reviews on this: one claiming it works https://www....
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Anomalous activation of temporal lobes

The result of wakeful EEG shows persistent activation of temporal lobes - high level of delta and theta waves in the left temporal lobe (3 on the scale from -3 to 3) and slightly lower in the right ...
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Are the images in our heads physical?

I can think of a banana in my mind, and I can see it, it's there, but it's not really there at the same time. It doesn't feel physical, but for me to be able to see it, it must be physical, right? Are ...
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How to analyze EDA data collected from mindware?

How to pair event and skin conductance response of data from mindware? Does it need to downsampling? Thanks.
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What information does the connectome actually contain?

I am not a brain scientist but the following question seems reasonable to me. Prof. Sebastian Seung has given a TED talk named "I Am My Connectome". If I understand correctly, connectome is ...
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What sources of randomness does the brain use for sampling?

As an applied mathematician, I have a growing interest in the mechanisms for uncertainty representation and computation in the human brain. In fact, I recently compiled a list of papers on this ...
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Are there any psychological studies of thirst following food that account for SFO-Nos1 activity?

Some studies up to 2015 surprising found that salty vs. non-salty food doesn't make much difference to thirst. E.g. a 2015 study found that: However, according to Prof. Leshem, despite our gut ...
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Is doubting a claim more taxing in terms of energy spent by the brain?

I was at a conference some time ago in a university near my city, a Neurologist was part of the various talks held there, and in his words: "There is a, let's call it Neuro-Psychologic ...
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Is there a structural difference between Nerve cells in the Somatic and Autonomic Nervous Systems

Do the actual nerve cells in the Somatic and Autonomic Nervous Systems have a different structure or chemical make up or are they the same thing just separate systems?
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Assuming a neuron does not reach activation, what is the rate of repolarization in the absence of new stimulus?

How long does it take for a neuron to return to it's resting state, due to absence of further stimulus?
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Is there a mindfulness meditation technique that tends to produce gamma rhythms in the brain (and not just the alpha frequencies that are typical)?

This is a follow up to a paper (^) that was cited in a response to one of my past questions here. It was found that experienced Buddhist monks generate a substantial increase in gamma waves on demand ...
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Can signals from the prefrontal cortex alone trigger a readiness potential in the pre-supplementary motor area?

Background In Haggard, Patrick. "Human volition: towards a neuroscience of will." Nature Reviews Neuroscience 9.12 (2008): 934., the author states in the caption of Figure 1 (pg. 4): The ...
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Clear definition of ego

Is there a clear definition of the ego which is accepted by the neuroscientific community? I have seen a previous post (What do id, ego and super-ego exactly mean?) but this definition is for the ...
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Are there ways to accelerate the recovery from depression via novel pharmacological antidepressants?

Are there any scientists making substantial progress in the development of far more effective antidepressants? Are there any groups of people interested in developing antidepressants based on genetic ...
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Difference between Psychology & Neuroscience in lay man terms?

I am electronics engineer by profession But i am confused in difference between Psychology & Neuroscience? Please explain in lay man terms?
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Which neurodevelopmental disorders constitute learning disabilities?

I am actually looking at DSM-5 but I cannot find any exhaustive or otherwise comprehensive list or explicit association of which neurodevelopmental disorders are also learning disabilities.
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Is there any empirical support to “chemical imbalance theory” for mental illness?

Has it been proved by measurement of chemicals in the brain that psychiatric disorders have either their origin or continuance due to chemical imbalance in the brain? I saw the documentary Diagnostic &...
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Is the visual cortex of a newborn baby immediately capable of object detection or is this skill learned over time, and if so, how?

Is the visual cortex of newborn babies right off the bat capable of making sense of raw visual data, for instance, converting the constant stream of raw RGB images perceived by the eyes into a ...