Systems Neuroscience

There are approximately 10^11 (one hundred billion) neurons in a human’s brain. Each neuron connects to many other neurons, and together they work in a network to represent information from the outside world – or to control movement – or to perform other complex functions. Systems neuroscientists identify the rules that govern how neurons form these networks and how they then encode or decode information for a wide variety of behaviors, including sensory perception, motor control, memory, attention, or language. These complex functions are often affected in neurological and psychiatric disorders, underscoring the importance of understanding how they emerge from neuronal activity.

NYU faculty explore the major systems of the nervous system, including visual and auditory senses, memory and emotions centers, and motor regions of the brain, in health and in disease models.

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