Better understanding of the brain’s sensory signals

New research into how the brain processes conflicting sensory signals has found that neurons have a way of applying the correct weights to each sensory cue.

This is the first direct evidence of how the brain combines multiple sources of sensory information to form as accurate a perception as possible of its environment.

The study could assist in the development of new therapies for Alzheimer’s disease and the development of more sophisticated artificial nervous systems like those found in robots.

The study is published in Nature Neuroscience.

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