I was listening to a lecture on computer functions and abstractions. A Turing complete computer is able to compute anything. That is, anything that is computable can be computer by a Turing complete computer. However, what even a Turing complete computer lacks is abstraction. Namely, you have to rebuild a file every time you want … Continue reading Our brains are more than Turing Complete
[Disclaimer: I know very little about computers and operating systems at this point, as I just started going back to college for my second BS, this time in CS. However, with my background in neuroscience, I can’t help but try to find parallels between what I already know about the brain and the things I’m … Continue reading Interpreters, Compilers, and Learning
However, after training, both the rats and the humans made fewer errors. In fact, electrophysiological brain recordings indicated that neural responses to the non-target, or distracting, tones were decreased.
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Pain is a major force of survival. Without pain, we would, simply, not survive. Of course, pain can be cumbersome, and unnecessary, at times. For example, when you stub your toe on your desk, do you really need that much pain for that long? More importantly to this discussion, what do you do when you … Continue reading The Pain in Brain Stays Mainly in the…Brain?
Ever heard of the computer programming language called Python? Where do you think Python got its name from? Monty Python! Python programming has had an increasing effect on neuroscientific developments. In fact, with the growing field of computational neuroscience, Python programming has taken a role in how neuroscience research occurs. Python itself is a high-level … Continue reading Monty Python’s influence in Neuroscience
Then came the Competition stage. Over the course of 4-6 days, friction between the two groups was to occur. Basically, there was a turf war.
Optogenetics. It sounds like genes being lit up in neon colors, like a flashy Las Vegas sign. But what is it really? Optogenetics is a technique that takes advantage of proteins found in certain algae species that respond to different wavelengths of light. This algal response to the wavelengths includes opening a channel (called a … Continue reading The Sentry (Bob Reynolds) and the Brain
Dr. Johnson he thought that labelling of children as stutterers could make them worse, and in some cases cause children to start stuttering. To prove his point, he thought up an experiment that today is called the ‘Monster Study’
Everyone's been talking about the effects of meditation on the brain. Since it is such a healthy part of daily living and can work wonders on cognitive skills, including learning, memory, and creativity, I do think it is important to give a brief overview of the benefits meditation has on cognition. The meditation to be … Continue reading Findings Friday: Super brain