The above quote is from Santiago Ramón y Cajal (1852-1934), when in 1887 he looked through a microscope at a section of neural tissue stained with a silver preparation which had been developed by Camillo Golgi (1843-1926) in 1873.
“Against a clear background stood black threadlets, some slender and smooth, some thick and thorny, in a pattern punctuated by small dense spots.
The founding of the Neurone Doctrine
Drawing of individual nerve cells in a section of stained neural tissue by Santiago Ramón y Cajal.
The different types of neurones are labelled with different letters.
All was sharp as a sketch with Chinese ink on transparent Japanese paper.
A look was enough – dumfounded I could not take my eye from the microscope.”
Based on his extensive studies, and his renowned drawings, Cajal proposed that the nervous system consisted of separate units, or neurones. The prevailing view at the time was that the nervous system consisted of a single network of continuous elements, a view that was shared by Golgi.
Cajal was the first to propose the alternative, and now accepted view, that the nervous system consists of billions of independent neurones. Cajal's work resulted in the formulation of the “Neuron Doctrine”, and the founding of the modern era in Neuroscience. Cajal and Golgi shared the 1906 Nobel prize in Medicine for their work.
My Research in the Electronics department is in the interdisciplinary field of Computational Neuroscience.
What is Computational Neuroscience?
|Computational Neuroscience is a more recent endeavour involving interaction between the Physical Sciences (Engineering, Mathematics, Statistics) and Life Sciences (Neuroscience, Psychology, Neurophysiology) which aims to understand the operation of the nervous system through the use of techniques which include mathematical analysis of neural signals, and modelling of the electrical activity in single neurones and groups of neurones. The field is also referred to as Cognitive Neuroscience.|
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|Penalty Kicks; Neural Networks; Brains and Neural Coding (Studies in Human Motor Control)|
|Multivariate Fourier Analysis of Neural Data|
|Dynamic Modulation of Neural
|The Role of Correlated
Synaptic Activity in Neural Integration
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