Summary #1228

Inside the mind of an animal
  • New research techniques and AI are allowing scientists to study internal brain states in animals by identifying neuronal patterns in relation to behaviour.
  • Research papers on internal brain states (like emotions, motivation, or existential drives like thirst) might lead to a better understanding of mental illness.
  • Animals were previously thought to only respond to stimulus, but this research is showing that a lot of interesting stuff is happening in their brains beyond that.
  • The entire animal brain (not specific regions) coordinates internal brain states that control what animals do, and the key question now is: how does the brain do it?
  • It’s a new field of study that might change our understanding of the world, but it’s very early - for now, scientists are still trying to understand “what the questions are”.


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