I’ve been interviewed by Evgeniy Shishkin for the program Verge of Discovery. You can hear me in episode 35 talking about visual attention, neural networks and computational neuroscience and trying to answer questions from Evgeniy.

Glimpse into the interview

ES: What is the next big obstacle that you see in this field and what implications will this have on the world of science or your study in particular?

NR: The very complexity of the brain make it very difficult to model and to understand it. We generally use models to simplify reality in order to have a better understanding. However, in the case of the brain, it is extremely difficult to design simple models that still give a fair account of the reality. Thus, the next big obstacle would be to have computational models that are as much complex as the reality they pretend to model.

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