Our brains are incredibly powerful pattern detecting devices. Scientists have often relied on our ability to detect visual patterns when trying to convey structure in their data: graphs, maps, images from under microscopes or telescopes. Sometimes, however, other sensory modalities are more appropriate for certain types of data.
Recent research has found that one hour of vigorous exercise a week is enough to cut your chance of dementia by half – but if you exercise while pregnant, you may be able to boost your unborn child’s memory too.
The centrepiece of European neuroscience, the Human Brain Project, promised to build a simulation of a human brain in a supercomputer within the next 10 years. The project is now being boycotted by Europe’s top neuroscientists due to its grandiose claims and internal mismanagement. Is this ambitious goal really feasible or is neuroscience just not there yet?
Seeing is believing. Or is it? We feel that we see the world as it truly is, but in reality, what we see is merely an illusion created by our brains.