How can an engineer learn from neuroscientists
nutty at brain
Mon Mar 3 22:34:25 EST 1997
Kevin Spencer (kspencer at s.psych.uiuc.edu) wrote:
: junior1 at ibm.net [Bernie Arruza] writes:
: >Universities have very little incentive to merge their departments to study the
: >mysteries of the brain.
: Excuse me, but you are quite wrong. I guess you don't know that many
: universities in the past 10 years have been establishing cognitive science
: and cognitive neuroscience departments and programs. Whole conferences and
: journals devoted to these new integrative disciplines have sprung up. The
: 1990s have been proclaimed the "Decade of the Brain" and the fed govt and
: private foundations have made funding cognitive neuroscience a priority.
Right, but a lot of these departments still are lost in the process of
identity establishment. I was trying to get into a school for my Ph.D.
where I could get my hands wet with animal models as well as try
computational models. While individual people adopt this approach, whole
programs do not run on these lines. The approach, I have found, in
cognitive neuro. depts is to blend a mix of people who do whole system
animal models (or some fraction thereof) and computational/psych. people,
but rarely people who do both -- which would be the ideal mix. I found
more biomed. departments catering to my interests of being an engineer as
well as a neuroscientist than any cognitive sciences program. (I ended
up in a science program, but thats besides the point).
Anyway, just my two bits and based only on my anecdotal evidence from the
For the original poster, the swiss group I was trying to locate was that
of R. Douglas. (who incidentally worked with carver mead, who
incidentally worked with Koch etc etc).
: >Unless things change, this train is going to slow down!. We are all waiting for
: >a scientific breakthrough. Wouldn't a technical breakthrough help to improve the
: >odds of success for all of us interested in how the brain functions?
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