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Brain circuits multitask to detect, discriminate the outside world

March 5, 2014

rat whiskers A new study found that neural circuits in the brain rapidly multitask between detecting and discriminating sensory input, such as car headlights in the distance. That's different from how electronic circuits work, where one circuit performs a very specific task. The brain, the study found, is wired in a way that allows a single pathway to perform multiple tasks. Full Story

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