Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience, Göttingen
Max-Planck-Institut für Dynamik und Selbstorganisation
When we are parsing a sentence, recognizing a face, or are recalling an episode from memory, the underlying neuronal processes are carried out by the dynamics of large and complex networks of neurons of our brains, for the analysis of which the neurosciences presently do not possess systematic methods or successful general paradigms. It is a generally accepted view that the successful approaches will need to integrate advanced mathematical modelling and analysis methods of network dynamics together with experimental recording and manipulation of large networks in vivo. While mathematical modelling has a long tradition e.g. in theoretical physics, in the neurosciences only now a new interdisciplinary generation of scientists is emerging that equally command biological competence and theoretical-mathematical skills, which are both considered necessary prerequisites to finding the desired new routes to the understanding of brain function.
Prof. Dr. Theo Geisel
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