23 Problems In Systems Neuroscience

Hardcover | December 6, 2005

EditorJ. Leo van Hemmen, Terrence J. Sejnowski

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The complexity of the brain and the protean nature of behavior remain the most elusive area of science, but also the most important. van Hemmen and Sejnowski invited 23 experts from the many areas--from evolution to qualia--of systems neuroscience to formulate one problem each. Although eachchapter was written independently and can be read separately, together they provide a useful roadmap to the field of systems neuroscience and will serve as a source of inspirations for future explorers of the brain.

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The complexity of the brain and the protean nature of behavior remain the most elusive area of science, but also the most important. van Hemmen and Sejnowski invited 23 experts from the many areas--from evolution to qualia--of systems neuroscience to formulate one problem each. Although eachchapter was written independently and can be ...

J. Leo van Hemmen is at Technical University Munich. Terrence J. Sejnowski is at Salk Institute for Biological Studies.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:548 pages, 6.3 × 9.29 × 1.3 inPublished:December 6, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceJ. Leo van Hemmen and Terrence J. Sejnowski: Section 1. How have brains evolved?1. Gilles Laurent: Shall we ever understand the fly's brain?2. Hermann Wagner and Bernhard Gaese: Can we understand the action of brain in natural environments?3. Gunther Ehr: Hemisphere dominance of brain function-which functions are lateralized and why?Section 2. How is the cerebral cortex organized?4. S. Murray Sherman: What is the function of the thalamus?5. J. Leo van Hemmen: What is a neuronal map, how does it arise, and what is it good for?6. Jean Bullier: What is the role of top-down connections?Section 3. How do neurons interact?7. Wulfram Gerstner: How fast is neuronal signal transmission?8. Dr. Carl van Vreeswi: What is the origin and functional properties of irregular activity?9. Amiram Grinvald, Tal Kenet, Amos Arieli, and Misha Tsodyks: Are single cortical neurons independent or are they obedient members of a huge orchestra?10. Bruno A. Olshausen and David J. Field: What is the other 85% of V1 doing?Section 4. What can brains compute?11. Steven W. Zuck: What is the formal computation in early vision?12. Catherine Carr, D. Soares, S. Parameshwaran, S. Kalluri, J. Simon, and T. Perney: Are neurons adapted for specific computations?13. Andreas V.M. Herz: How can neural systems compute in the time domain14. David McAlpine and Alan R. Palmer: How common are neural codes?15. Georg Klump: How does the hearing system perform auditory scene analysis?16. Laurenz Wiskott: How does our visual system achieve shift and size invariance?Section 5. 17. Henning Scheich, Frank W. Ohl, Holger Schulze, Andreas Hess, and Andre Brechmann: What is reflected in sensory neocortical activity: External stimuli or what the cortex does with them?18. Giacomo Rizzolatti and Vittorio Gallese: To what extent does perception depend upon action?19. Terrence J. Sejnowski: What are the projective fields of cortical neurons?20. John Reynolds: To what extent is the brain reconfigurable?21. Laurence Abbott: Where are the switches on this thing?22. V.S. Ramachandran and Edward M. Hubbard: Do qualia, metaphor, language, and abstract thought emerge from synesthesia23. Francis Crick and Christof Koch: What are the neural correlates of consciousness?

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"23 Problems in Systems Neuroscience addresses this 'how' of thought and perception. How have brains evolved? How is cerebral cortex organized? How do neurons interact? What can brains compute? How are cognitive systems organized? 23 Problems is the outcome of a gathering of 40 of the mostrespected researchers in cognitive and computational neuroscience. In the six years after the conference, the editors distilled and refined the proceedings into 23 chapters. However, the book retains the intellectual delight of good scientists at play. The authors delved into the provocativequestions, but did so through examination of the microphysical processes."--PsycCRITIQUES