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Research Snapshot: Developing a computational model for understanding brain activity

April 07, 2017

There are theories for everything. Newton’s Law is a pillar of physics. Supply and demand is a pillar of economics. But what about neuroscience? “Scientific laws or models organize observations about the world,”said Kendrick Kay, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Center for Magnetic Resonance Research. “We want that for the brain.” Right now, there aren’t any comprehensive laws in neuroscience. Researchers don’t have a standard to fall back on when interpreting behavior in the brain. That’s due, in part, to the complexity of the brain and the complexity of human cognition which are incredibly difficult to study. With his colleague Jason Yeatman, Ph.D., assistant professor at the University of Washington, Kay has set out to change that.