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Partha Mitra and Hemant Bokil

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195178081

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195178081.001.0001

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Engineering Theories and Nervous System Function

Engineering Theories and Nervous System Function

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(p.27) 3 Engineering Theories and Nervous System Function
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Observed Brain Dynamics
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Partha P. Mitra

Hemant Bokil

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195178081.003.0003

This chapter presents the major components of engineering theory in the context of the nervous system. The treatment of engineering theories is included because these are essential aids to thinking about brain function, yet it is difficult to find a suitably elementary account of these theories in a condensed form. The chapter attempts to clarify concepts such as information and computation that have become common currency in discussing the nervous system and have influenced the signal processing methods used to analyze neurobiological signals. These concepts are placed in context to help judge proper and improper usage of the associated techniques.

Keywords:   brains, engineering theory, control theory, communication theory, computation

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