Principles of neural design / Peter Sterling and Simon Laughlin.

Sterling, Peter, author.
Cambridge, Massachusetts ; London, England : The MIT Press, 2015.
1 online resource 567 pages) : illustrations.
Brain -- Physiology.
Neural circuitry.
Electronic books.
"Neuroscience research has exploded, with more than fifty thousand neuroscientists applying increasingly advanced methods. A mountain of new facts and mechanisms has emerged. And yet a principled framework to organize this knowledge has been missing. In this book, Peter Sterling and Simon Laughlin, two leading neuroscientists, strive to fill this gap, outlining a set of organizing principles to explain the whys of neural design that allow the brain to compute so efficiently. Setting out to 'reverse engineer' the brain--disassembling it to understand it--Sterling and Laughlin first consider why an animal should need a brain, tracing computational abilities from bacterium to protozoan to worm. They examine bigger brains and the advantages of 'anticipatory regulation'; identify constraints on neural design and the need to 'nanofy'; and demonstrate the routes to efficiency in an integrated molecular system, phototransduction. They show that the principles of neural design at finer scales and lower levels apply at larger scales and higher levels; describe neural wiring efficiency; and discuss learning as a principle of biological design that includes 'save only what is needed.' Sterling and Laughlin avoid speculation about how the brain might work and endeavor to make sense of what is already known. Their distinctive contribution is to gather a coherent set of basic rules and exemplify them across spatial and functional scales"--MIT CogNet.
What engineers know about design
Why an animal needs a brain
Why a bigger brain?
How bigger brains are organized
Information processing : from molecules to molecular circuits
Information processing in protein circuits
Design of neurons and glia : to follow the principles break every rule
How photoreceptors optimize the capture of visual information
The fly lamina : an interface for high-speed vision
Design of neural circuits : recoding analog signals to digital
Principles of retinal design
Beyond the retina : pathways to perception and action
Principles of efficient wiring
Learning as design/design of learning.
Electronic reproduction Palo Alto, CA : ebrary, 2015. Available via World Wide Web. WMU owned copy.
Bibliographic Level Mode of Issuance: Monograph
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Description based on print version record.
Laughlin, Simon, author.
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