Mind Concepts Introdcution

mindpuzzle_BLUE_300The study of the brain and nervous system applies to countless facets of daily life, from decisions about money and education, to the way we view ourselves and others.

Every second, we are bombarded with information from our sensory inputs. In order to keep the brain from becoming overwhelmed by the steady stream of data competing for attention, brain cells work together to sort and prioritize information. Human and animal studies are helping researchers piece together the calculations brain cells use to prioritize information in the hope of better understanding the many states of awareness and attention.

Using live brain imaging and computer simulations, scientists are beginning to develop a greater understanding of how cells in various brain regions take information in, and how the brain uses this information to make decisions.