The Spike: How Your Brain Uses Electrical Impulses to Communicate – with Mark Humphries

From The Royal Institution.

In the 2.1 seconds that an impulse travels through our brain, billions of neurons communicate with one another. Blips of voltage are sent through our sensory and motor regions. Neuroscientists call these blips ‘spikes’.
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Join Mark Humphries as he draws on decades of research in neuroscience, exploring how spikes are born, how they are transmitted, how they lead us to action and the mysteries that still surround them.

Mark Humphries is Chair in Computational Neuroscience at the University of Nottingham. He is a systems neuroscientist who happens to use computational and statistical models rather than animal models to study the brain. His research interrogates how the joint activity of many neurons encodes the past, present, and future in order to guide behaviour.

This talk was recorded on 16th March 2021

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