The Math behind Firing Rate Models
In this blog post, I will summarize the firing rate model, as it forms the basis of the development of neural networks. I’ll work in how this relates to feedforward networks at the lowest level of processing before leading to recurrent networks. It also was one of the first models of artificial neural networks designed.
Introduction to Network Models
Using computation models, researchers are able to design network models which allow for the exploration in connectivity using both analysis and simulations. For the purposes of my Computational Neuroscience class, we’ll be focusing on neocortical circuits. The neocortex is the latest development in human evolution and is thought to be the location of higher processing,…
rewashed: A Scientific Review Paper
It’s that time of the semester when everything is going to hell. But I refuse to not post consistently. Science has a couple of conventions when writing. The following post got a B+, and I will note where I went wrong.
Making a (College-level) Science Poster
Science is hard to look at, but we have to try and make it more accessible to the audience to know the most important things about your project your time, effort, and failures onto on singular presentation: a poster. The culmination of a summer’s research, an honors thesis or a study with a professor in…
Memory from a Psychological View
One of the more annoying things about learning basic cognitive processes in psychology and neuroscience classes is just how easy the concepts seem. Of course you acquire information. How else would you know things? But when you get into the nitty-gritty of it, do you really know anything?
Science Basics: Turning a Theory into a Law
In recent times, it seems that people have come to distrust science as a ‘system of beliefs’ rather than ‘the pursuit of knowledge’. Of course, humans have biases that shape what we do, but when it comes to reporting a compelling theory or stating a new natural law, scientists do their homework. Here’s how.
Resting Potential and Starting an Action Potential
Somehow, by the grace of God, I’m still a neuroscience major. But even now, I’m still racked with some pretty basic questions about the nervous system. How does your body alert your brain of the outside world? How do electrical impulses in the brain cause movement, thought, and emotion? Honestly, scientists still don’t really know.…
NEUR100: Common Neurotransmitters and Their Uses
After you get over the physics of the nervous system, you land in its chemistry: neurotransmitters. In my class, the neurotransmitters in block quotes were the backbone of our study. You’ll see why soon!