Today’s Spotlight features a photograph, by Ludovic Collin/Wellcome Images, showing neurons growing in culture. The photo was taken using fluorescence microscopy.
Over the past few decades, neuroscientists have made much progress in mapping the brain by deciphering the functions of individual neurons that perform very specific tasks, such as recognizing the location or color of an object.
However, there are many neurons, especially in brain regions that perform sophisticated functions such as thinking and planning, that don’t fit into this pattern.
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