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How does brain makes descisons? [closed]

I have recently started studying about brain network analysis, Does brain makes decisions based on neuron connections? ex: If say 10 neurons were there, if I see pen to recognize that as pen does the ...
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What are some possible symptoms of a human brain reaching the end of its storage space? [duplicate]

I know brains can store a lot of “information” in them but I think about how we didn’t know about Alzheimer’s until people started living longer. I remember there was a science show where they did an ...
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Is it possible for the human intelligence quotient to grow above 270? [duplicate]

I read about a person who had 263 IQ points, and apparently, that is the most that have ever been recorded. What is the maximum possible IQ for anyone to have? https://sciencetrends.com/highest-...
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Why do some people have better memories than others?

Some people have great memories. Some people have horrible memories. There are even people with hyperthymesia who remember everything. I was told that anybody can have a good memory if they practice ...
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where is the second electrode in case of electrostimulation

With electrostimulation or functional electrostimulation, a response from the neuron is generated by electrical impulses. But I always read, for example, that a stimulating electrode is above position ...
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Do induced brain wave patterns give the same cognitive and perceptual consequences as those that arise naturally? [duplicate]

What I mean to ask by this particular question is that, are the effects resulting from neural interactions in the brain that cause the emergence of certain behaviours, with the neural frequencies in ...
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What are the values of the absolute intracellular and absolute extracellular potentials in a neuron?

Most texts on neurons give the value of the membrane potential and do not state the absolute values of the intracellular and extracellular potentials in a neuron. I understand that this is because the ...
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What part of the brain is different when you have a really good memory?

I wanted to know how the brain of someone with a great memory differs from that of an average memory. This memory does not have to be eidetic, or highly superior autographical or even hyperthymesia. ...
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Why is it only positive charge that gets injected into a neuron when we inject a current into it?

Learning about the basics of theoretical neuroscience from the youtube lectures from Michale Fee's introduction to neural computation course. We're considering a very simplified model of a neuron, ...
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What comes first? Thought or electric activity?

Our thoughts are basically the result of the electro chemical activity which are happening in our neurons. The signals sent by different neurons to each other back and forth create a pattern which we ...
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Is short-term memory theoretically possible to with spiking neurons?

So I close my eyes, turn around, open them for just a blink and close again. I have observed a chair. I can't tell you how the chair looks like in detail, but I can more or less tell its shape and ...
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Deriving Fourier transform of auto correlation function from probability distribution

I am self studying a book "Neuronal Dynamics" https://neuronaldynamics.epfl.ch/online/index.html And I found this very challenging to derive this from p_0 https://neuronaldynamics.epfl.ch/...
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Single neuron dominates for all input patterns using STDP in simple LIF SNN

I have been reading latley on SNN and decided to try and implement myself some simple simulation. So I wrote a simple MATLAB simulation using simple LIF current based model and I try using STDP to ...
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Is it true that mirror neurons can make a man with an amputated arm feel sensation just by looking at someone else's arm, like Ramachandran said?

In this Ted Talk Ramachandran sais that mirror neurons can make a person with an amputated arm feel sensation, is it true? And if so, why doesn't the brain feel a sensation by looking at someone else'...
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Is pleasure synonymous to positive reinforcement?

I'm thinking about what pleasure is from the perspective of the integrated information theory of consciousness. As I understand it, according to the appraisal theory of emotions, the orientation on ...
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Can two neurons stimulate each other?

Is it possible that two neurons stimulate each other in an everlasting two neuron circuit?
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Is there any justification for viewing neurons as self-interested agents?

There are aspects of cognition that are vaguely reminiscent of markets within an economy. For example, there is specialization as well as integration within both brains and economies. One of the ...
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Theoretical Neuroscience: what tools are in your mathematical toolkit?

I believe that the following courses are a minimum math/engineering/(+cs) requirement for theoretical neuroscience research, specifically, Eliasmith's NEF/SPA approach. I wonder what other tools might ...
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Alternative hypotheses to Hebb's rule

I was reading on wikipedia that there are exceptions to the hebbian rule, and I was curious about the possibilities of other hypotheses of how learning occur in the brain. So I would like to know: ...
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What effect does the size of the soma have on firing characteristics?

For example, cells in layer 5 of the neocortex have a larger soma than do other layers. I'm wondering what the functional difference is between smaller and larger soma. On one hand, I can imagine that ...
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Equivalent Circuit of cell membrane potential

From chapter $7$ of Kandel et all's Principles of Neural Science:, Go to page 12, Box 7-2 (particular image attached below) The author claims that $$V_m = E_{Na} + I_{Na} / g_{Na}$$ on one side of ...
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In Integrate-and-fire models, why can we assume spike arrivals to be random?

I'm reading through some notes on integrate and fire models and it says that we assume that spike arrivals are random. Why exactly can we make this assumption? Is it because experiments haven't ...
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Minimum constant neuron firing rate

Please forgive what may be an elementary question for many of you. I am trying to understand the range of firing rates in an idealized neuron. I understand what governs the maximum firing rate of a ...
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Testing Multilayer Perceptron [closed]

The following script is from Trappenberg's Fundamentals of Computational Neuroscience and is used to test a perceptron's robustness against noise. However, how would one alter it to test the output ...
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Energy supply to brain

I wonder if the energy delivered to brain per unit time to maintain brain processes is limited and fairly constant? Is all provided energy fully used?
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Extra-classical receptive fields are surprising, but retinal ganglion receptive fields are not. Why?

Rao and Ballard (1999) start their paper by stating that extra-classical receptive fields, which exhibit the phenomenon of end-stopping are difficult to explain. They show that in an idealized ...
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Understanding the transition from integrated form to ODE form of neuron models

I'm trying to convert a fairly complicated neuron model from integrated form (a form of the spike response model) to ODE form for use in the BRIAN simulator. The BRIAN simulator requires neuron/...
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Predicting the individual effects of psychotropic drugs

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/23796468/ I have searched the national library of medicine but I could not find any papers about predicting both the therapeutic and adverse effects on the ...
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Have "Sapir-Whorf sensitivity" and "differential neuroplasticity" been considered so far?

I watched the movie "Arrival" today and came to define the concept of "Sapir-Whorf sensitivity" as the measure of to what extent is the way of thinking of somebody influenced by the languages they ...
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Does monism imply that computers can have consciousness?

According to The Basic Theory of the Mind, the mind is not a different entity from the brain, but an emergent property of the brain. Based on this assertion, can it be concluded that computers and ...
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Is there any Sleep limit for a human body?

Can we sleep throughout our whole life if we are supplied the necessary things like food,water etc.
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Methods to find patterns or correlations in MEA spike trains

I am looking for methods currently used to analyze micro-electrode arrays spike trains and figure out patterns, as repeated sequences of activation or spacial correlations. I know about ISI ...
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Biologically plausible models for causal inference in the human brain

Introduction: In ‘Is coding a relevant metaphor for the brain?’(2018) Romain Brette argues that the causal structure of neural codes (linear, atemporal) is incongruent with the causal structure of the ...
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Constraints on dataset size for AI-assisted connectome reconstruction

From an exchange with Dr. Seung, an expert on connectomics, I learned that one of his former PhD students Viren Jain is leading the Connectomic effort at Google using supervised learning methods. Now, ...
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ML/Neuroscience: TensorFlow vs PyTorch vs Keras for bulding NN models of the nervous system?

I would be very grateful to people with experience in using neural network models in neuroscience for advice! What approach would you recommend for building neural networks? I am choosing between ...
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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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Modelling the Human Brain as a directed graph

A mathematician on the MathOverflow, Hans-Peter Stricker, recently(2016) considered the possibility that human brains may be modelled as directed graphs with neurons as nodes and synapses as edges. I ...
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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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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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What is the state of the art on the wiring optimisation problem?

One of the earliest neuroscientists, Santiago Ramón y Cajal, postulated that brains are arranged to minimise wire length [1]. In [1] Dmitri Chklovskii and Charles Stevens formulate this problem as ...
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Homogeneous Poisson Process of spike train

In Theoretical Neuroscience by Dayan and Abbott page 25, the probability $P[t_1, t_2, ..., t_n]$ that a sequence of n spikes occurs with spike $i$ falling between times $t_i$ and $t_i+\Delta t$ ...
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Simulating Hudgkin Huxley neural network

I'm starting work on a computational neuroscience project where I want to create my own model of a spiking Hodgkin-Huxley neuron and connect many instances (about 400) of this model through synapses. ...
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Timeframe in which thoughts are concieved [closed]

Are thoughts concieved in realtime or are they preprocessed chains ready to be thought or both (depending on the prospective) or am I asking a too generalized question to have any sense ?
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Cerebellum question

Sorry if this sounds at all like pretentious armchair theorizing(it basically is), but I have a question which I can't really figure out how to search. So, given the resemblance of the cerebellum to ...
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Integrated Information Theory - If correct could humans create artificial consciousness?

First off please keep in mind I am self-learning and am learning about this for fun, I have no end goal. I'm trying to make predictions about what I am learning implies or means, so I can ask better ...
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Is there any evidence for or against the existence of neurons that encode surface slant in vision?

In the way orientation columns display selectivity for various edge orientations projected on the retina which is then repeated at various angles in a localised region of the cortex. I am wondering ...
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How to define "current" in artificial neural network?

How do neuroscientists define current/current densities in artificial neural networks? Assume I have some deep network and I would like to study its dynamic/evolution in time during the training ...
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What tasks is Spaun 2.0 able to perform?

According to "A Large-Scale Model of the Functioning Brain" by Eliasmith et al., Spaun 1.0 was able to perform 8 distinct cognitive tasks: Copy Drawing: Given a randomly chosen handwritten digit, ...
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MEG from simulated neurons

Given MEG is an approximation of neuronal spiking, are there any models that associate the spiking of simulated neurons to an MEG signal? Ideally, this would be a model with some amount of behaviour (...
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