The Neural Code

This article is taken from the Winter 2011 issue of I, Science. Jo Poole talks brain cells, ‘roborats’, and how cutting-edge neurology may help us overcome Parkinson’s Charles Scott Sherrington described the brain as “Biology’s final frontier”. The greatest differences between us and our closest relatives lie in the convoluted folds of a jelly-like organ […]

Preparing for pleasure

Expectation of reward and pleasure plays an important role in motivating behaviour. Many of the decisions we make every day depend on our prediction of positive outcomes. The neurological basis of expectation and reward is complex and elusive but research in subjects ranging from bees to humans indicates that the neurotransmitter dopamine has a critical […]