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I, Spike: deciphering the brain's own language

School of Physics & Astronomy
Thursday 17th March 2022 (18:00-19:00)

Hillary Collins:

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I, Spike: deciphering the brain's own language

17th March

To understand ourselves, we need to understand the language of our brains. And our brains talk in spikes, blips of electricity passed between our 87 billion neurons. Those spikes are how you do anything: talk, eat, and run; see, plan, and decide. In this talk, I will tell you about a life lived in spikes: their head-spinning numbers, the meaning of spike, and of the dark neurons - the billions that send no spikes at all.

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