Bernstein Group for Computational Neuroscience

Components of cognition:
small networks to flexible rules

Four related research projects are proposed, which seek to link cellular components of neural tissue in a first step to the operation of small networks and in a second step to an important component of cognitive function.   At the level of small networks, two projects investigate the effects of spontaneous activity and of homeostatic plasticity on the variability of evoked response and on the capacity for associative learning.   At the level of cognitive function, two projects concern technical solutions for the challenging recognition tasks posed by human social interaction (prosodic signals, emotional facial expressions) and the heuristic algorithms that may mediate such tasks in the human brain.




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