Horizon 2020
The EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation

Nearer to the neuron

Language, reasoning and learning are abilities powered by the neocortex, the folded grey matter on the outside of the brain. But how does its neuronal circuitry actually handle information? Using the example of syntax processing, new EU-funded research is exploring the physiological underpinnings of human cognition.
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Bayesian computations in the human neocortex: deciphering the neuronal mechanisms of perceptual and syntactic inferences.

The neocortex is a key part of the biological computer between our ears. It processes vast amounts of information, combining our knowledge, expectations and perceptions of reality into a coherent picture – but how it does so remains unclear. New research is looking into this convoluted matter.

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