Centre for Neural Computation (CNC)
Centre for Neural Computation (CNC) is a basic research centre studying the emergence of higher brain functions. CNC is a Centre of Excellence (CoE) at the Research Council of Norway (RCN).
How does the mammalian brain generate its own codes in the non-sensory cortices? This question marks the inception of understanding subjective experience.
A path was opened in this terra incognita in 2005 when the Moser group discovered grid cells in the entorhinal cortex. Grid cells provide the metrics for the brain’s spatial mapping system. Because their matrix-like firing is generated within the brain, independently of specific sensory features, these cells provide unprecedented access to the principles for neural coding in higher-order association cortices.
The CNC has assembled a dedicated expert team to decipher the fundamental codes of the circuits of space, time and memory – the mechanisms by which signals from specialized networks of neurons are generated, transformed, stored and retrieved by local and global network operations. "We will use these cells as a springboard for unraveling operational principles of mammalian cortex," said Moser.
The vision of the Centre for Neural Computation is to extract the algorithms that give rise to an accessible mammalian cognitive function by taking advantage of the recent technological innovations for neural data recording and neural-circuit analysis.
Space and memory
Transgenic investigation of neural circuits
SPINOr: Stat.Phys. of Inference and Network Organizaton