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Cori Bargmann

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It’s all about your frame of mind

We think of brains as computers—stimulus in, action out. But they’re far more finicky than any iMac. Easily swayed by underlying internal states such as hunger, aggression, or arousal, our neurons are capable of incredible flexibility. For neuroscientists, it’s yet another wrinkle in understanding our wrinkliest organ.

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Brain science has only just begun

We are far from understanding how even the simplest nervous systems work, says neuroscientist Cori Bargmann. But every step is leading to new surprises.