Neuroscientists decipher brains noisy code
July 15, 2015
HOUSTON By analyzing the signals of individual neurons in animals undergoing behavioral tests, neuroscientists at Rice University, Baylor College of Medicine, the University of Geneva and the University of Rochester have deciphered the code the brain uses to make the most of its inherently noisy neuronal circuits.
The human brain contains about 100 billion neurons, and each of these sends signals to thousands of other neurons each second. Understanding how neurons work, both individually and collectively, is important to better understand how humans think, as well as to treat neurological and psychiatric disorders like Alzheimers disease, Parkinsons disease, autism, epilepsy, schizophrenia, depression, traumatic brain injury and paralysis.