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The golden age of neuroscience

  • from Shaastra :: vol 01 issue 05 :: Sep - Oct 2022

Sophisticated technologies are providing scientists with unprecedented access to the brain. The results are likely to be revolutionary.

At some point in their evolutionary history, animals evolved to react to different inputs differently. Deer run when they see an approaching tiger. Babies respond to the sound of their mother. Adult humans impute meaning to the ebb and flow of intonation. The potential of brain cells – neurons – to respond differently to different brain stimuli is at the core of our ability to live. Neuroscientists have struggled to understand this process ever since they began to investigate the brain closely. Now they can watch it happen in real time.

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