If you read a lot of neuroscience articles, or even just news about the brain, you'll likely notice that there's a significant gender imbalance: almost all of the big names are men. But a 17-year-old girl from Denver is trying to change that. Grace Greenwald founded The Synapse Project to connect young women with professors and scientists to establish mentor relationships that will help them learn about, develop a passion for, and enter the field of neuroscience.
Human exploration has long been concerned with travelling outward as far as possible — the edge of the continent, around the world, outside the solar system. But a new frontier is about to explored in a big way: the human brain.
Living in England, I've spent the last few months in very dreary weather. It rains a lot, it's cold, and it's often cloudy for a good portion of the day, if not the vast majority. It's just a part of living here — when you decide to move to England, it's something that you're aware of. People make jokes about the English weather being bad, but in the winter, they have it right.
Neural networks are used in neuroscience to create models that could potentially explain some cognitive phenomena. For example, many researchers have built models that create pretty accurate representations of child language acquisition. These networks can, essentially, learn new words and meanings, and their learning trajectory follows that of a typical child.