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Another Day in the Monkey's Brain$
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Ralph Siegel and Foreword by Oliver Sacks

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199734344

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199734344.001.0001

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Modern Times

Modern Times

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Another Day in the Monkey's Brain

Ralph Mitchell Siegel

Oxford University Press

In this chapter, the author reflects on Terry Sejnowski's presentation during a Computational Neurobiology Laboratory journal club meeting. Sejnowski, part and parcel of the neuroscience community, talked about long-term potentiation and his proposal to get a machine to translate written text to phonemes. He also discussed his idea of noisy synapses by citing his work on integrate-and-fire neurons and their relation to noise, and how he interconnected them in a model of brain tissue to see what happened at the “thermodynamic limit”.

Keywords:   neuroscience, Terry Sejnowski, long-term potentiation, phonemes, synapses, neurons, noise, brain, thermodynamic limit

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