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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

"Pattern Decorrelation"

THERE'S a term I was previously unfamiliar with... It refers, in this instance, to certain complex mechanisms in the brain which have been mathematically modeled to account for workings of the olfactory system. Read about it in this Web article entitled, "Explaining Scent Mathematically," referencing some recent corroborative work of Swiss neurobiologists and mathematicians, which helps explain how olfactory neural circuits are structured so as to discriminate different odors (decorrelation also helps explain the neural circuitry of the visual system as well):

http://www.physorg.com/news199367766.html


Wikipedia entry on "decorrelation" here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Decorrelation

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