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Time and the brain: neurorelativity: the chronoarchitecture of the brain from the neuronal rather than the observer's perspective


Scharnowski, Frank; Reese, Geraint; Walsh, Vincent (2013). Time and the brain: neurorelativity: the chronoarchitecture of the brain from the neuronal rather than the observer's perspective. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 17(2):51-52.

Abstract

Naturally, neuroscientists look at the brain from the outside when measuring how the flow of information unfolds over space and time. A neuron, on the other hand, can only 'see' through its connections, and they are spatiotemporally limited. Hence, the neural processing hierarchy from the neuroscientist's perspective and the hierarchy from the perspective of individual neurons do not agree. In order to understand the brain, only the neurons' perspective matters, thus demanding a change in the neuroscientists' perspective.

Abstract

Naturally, neuroscientists look at the brain from the outside when measuring how the flow of information unfolds over space and time. A neuron, on the other hand, can only 'see' through its connections, and they are spatiotemporally limited. Hence, the neural processing hierarchy from the neuroscientist's perspective and the hierarchy from the perspective of individual neurons do not agree. In order to understand the brain, only the neurons' perspective matters, thus demanding a change in the neuroscientists' perspective.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Psychiatric University Hospital Zurich > Clinic for Psychiatry, Psychotherapy, and Psychosomatics
04 Faculty of Medicine > Neuroscience Center Zurich
04 Faculty of Medicine > Center for Integrative Human Physiology
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:February 2013
Deposited On:25 Sep 2017 16:05
Last Modified:26 Sep 2017 07:37
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:1364-6613
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tics.2012.12.005
PubMed ID:23318094

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