Author, "Connectome: How the Brain’s Wiring Makes Us Who We Are"
Computational Neuroscientist, MIT
In the brain, neurons are connected into a complex network. Sebastian Seung and his lab at MIT are inventing technologies for identifying and describing the connectome, the totality of connexions between the brain's neurons -- think of it as the wiring diagram of the brain. We possess our entire genome at birth, but things like memories aren't "stored" in the genome; they're acquired through life and accumulated in the brain. Seung's hypothesis is that "we are our connectome," that the connexions among neurons is where memories and experiences get stored. [+]
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