I was brainstorming experiments and decided to make a list of what I think are the fundamental questions in systems neuroscience:
- Sensory: How do we represent the world?
- Motor: How do we create an action?
- Decision: How do we choose among competing alternatives?
- Learning: How do we remain plastic in changing environments?
- Computation: What are the underlying algorithms and computations?
- Modulation: How does internal state affect the nervous system?
Can anyone think of other broad questions in systems neuroscience? Should one of these not be here? Most other things I could think of belong here; for instance, “How do we deal with external and internal noise?” would probably be under Sensory or Learning. AYWNMBTTOF wrote a great post on what he considers the big questions of his field (taste) which I would subsume under Sensory.
I kind of hope this replaces the somewhat useless 23 Problems in Systems Neuroscience in terms of clarifying what we are studying.