Computational Neuroscience and Reverse Engineering the Human Brain

Computational neuroscience is the study of how the brain represents and the world and how it computes. Being able to model the brainís neural circuits by computer is essential in finding out how neurons interact with each other to produce complex effects. Such effects include segregating a figure from its background and recognizing an object from different angles.

Neuroscience contributes three main ingredients to this effort: anatomical parameters, physiological parameters, and clues to the function of the human biological neural network and its computational mode of operation in executing that function.

Neural networks provide neurobiologists with a working model of the nervous system. This type of collaboration between computer modeling and neuroscience with insights into mixed modality, multiplexing, and understanding attention selectivity.