How billions of interconnected cells in the brain can interpret and regulate all our bodily functions as well as mediate our experiences of interactions with and responses to the world around us is a huge and fascinating question that many different disciplines have attempted to tackle.
This lecture will consider what we have learned so far about the principles of neural encoding and how they may begin to explain our memories, emotions and conscious awareness.
Behavioral neuroscientist Keith Kendrick demonstrates how human brains learn to memorize and recognize faces by describing his experiments tracking brain activity in sheep. "They can discriminate up to about 50 different sheep faces ... and at least 10 different human faces," explains Kendrick. "And, they can remember them for several years."