Reverse Engineering the Brain

Can we learn everything about the brain by studying individual brain cells? To answer this question, we need to consider emergent properties and self-organization.

What Does Information Look Like in the Brain?

Does thinking harder or experiencing deep emotions like love, fear, or anguish light up more neurons? Probably not.

What the Heck Is a Claustrum?

An announcement at the BRAIN initiative meeting highlights a small brain structure with surprising integration with the rest of the mouse brain. So is it involved in consciousness?

What is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder?

A brain region known as the basal ganglia appears to be important in treating and understanding obsessive compulsive disorder.

Excitation and Inhibition: The Yin and Yang of the Brain

Understanding the balance between neural excitation and inhibition could be key to understanding many brain disorders.

Does Free Will Exist?

Reasonable people can disagree on whether neuroscience casts doubt on free will.

Stimulating Neural Circuits With Magnetism

How is a new technology revolutionizing both basic and clinical neuroscience?

Is Consciousness a Ghost in the Machine?

How does consciousness arise from physical matter?