November 12, 2020

Research shows what happens in the sensory cortex when learning and recognising patterns


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A study by scientists at the University of Sussex is challenging the common understanding of how mammalian brains work.

The research, published in Current Biology, suggests that neurons in the sensory cortex don’t just detect , but could actually decipher meaning and regulate bodily responses too.

The findings could have significant implications for understanding how perceptual learning works, or for how we interpret in the context of -machine interfaces, such as prostheses.

Professor of Neuroscience Miguel Maravall and his team were investigating the idea of ‘sequence learning’, using mice