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The Digital MindHow Science is Redefining Humanity$
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Arlindo Oliveira

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780262036030

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262036030.001.0001

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Understanding the Brain

Understanding the Brain

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(p.191) 9 Understanding the Brain
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The Digital Mind
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Arlindo Oliveira

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262036030.003.0009

This chapter summarily describes some of the technologies that are currently being used to image living brains and understand brain behaviour. The important projects in this area are briefly enumerated, as are the many technologies used for brain imaging. The computer models that are used to integrate the obtained data, brain networks, are also briefly described, together with the methodologies used to analyze them. Also covered in this chapter are some of the techniques used to dissect and image live brains in order to obtain detailed information about the fine structure of brain tissue, such as electron microscopy. The chapter finishes by surveying the techniques used to simulate sections of brain tissue, and uses these simulations to compare the computational efficiency of biological brains with the computational efficiency of brain simulations in modern day computers.

Keywords:   Brain imaging, Magnetic tesonance imaging, Positron emission tomography, Electron microscopy, Brain simulation

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