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23 Problems in Systems Neuroscience
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23 Problems in Systems Neuroscience

J. Leo van Hemmen and Terrence J. Sejnowski

Abstract

The complexity of the brain and the protean nature of behavior remain the most elusive area of science, but also the most important. This book contains chapters written by twenty-three experts from many areas—from evolution to qualia—of systems neuroscience to formulate one problem each and discuss. Although each chapter was written independently and can be read separately, together they provide a roadmap to the field of systems neuroscience. This book provides as a source of inspirations for future explorers of the brain.

Keywords: evolution, qualia, systems neuroscience, brain, protean, behavior

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780195148220
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195148220.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

J. Leo van Hemmen, editor
Technical University Munich

Terrence J. Sejnowski, editor
Salk Institute for Biological Studies

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Contents

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Part I HOW HAVE BRAINS EVOLVED?

Part II HOW IS THE CEREBRAL CORTEX ORGANIZED?

6 What Is Fed Back?

Jean Bullier

Part III HOW DO NEURONS INTERACT?

8 What Is the Neural Code?

C. van Vreeswijk

9 Are Single Cortical Neurons Soloists or Are They Obedient Members of a Huge Orchestra?

Tal Kenet, Amos Arieli, Misha Tsodyks, and Amiram Grinvald

10 What Is the Other 85 Percent of V1 Doing?

Bruno A. Olshausen, and David J. Field

Part IV WHAT CAN BRAINS COMPUTE?

14 How General Are Neural Codes in Sensory Systems?

David McAlpine, and Alan R. Palmer

Part V ORGANIZATION OF COGNITIVE SYSTEMS

17 What Is Reflected in Sensory Neocortical Activity: External Stimuli or What the Cortex Does with Them?

Henning Scheich, Frank W. Ohl, Holger Schulze, Andreas Hess, and André Brechmann

23 What Are the Neuronal Correlates of Consciousness?

Francis C. Crick, and Christof Koch