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Building a Dataset of Brain Cell Communication

by Michael McLaughlin
Rat brain cells stained red and green.

The Allen Institute for Brain Science has released a dataset of electrical brain activity in mice to further research into how cells produce complex behaviors. The dataset contains information on billions of spikes of electrical communication from 100,000 neurons from mice as they saw and responded to images and short movies. The dataset contains information on activity in the visual cortex, hippocampus, and thalamus, which process visual information, help store memories, and relay sensory impulses from receptors in the brain to the cerebral cortex, respectively.

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