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Chattering brain cells hold the key to the language of the mind
12 March 2014
We easily anchor Shakespeare’s code (we find out that “Juliet” refers to a specific young woman, “Romeo” to a specific young man) but can we do this for the brain? It seems we can. By recording the chatter of neurons while animals (and sometimes humans) perform the tasks of daily life, researchers have discovered that there are regions where the neural code relates to the real world in remarkably straightforward ways, writes Professor Kate Jeffery (UCL Cognitive, Perceptual and Brain Sciences) in The Conversation.