Computational neuroscience is a multidisciplinary field that seeks to understand the functions of the brain at all levels — from cells to cognition — using principles from physics, mathematics, engineering, computer science, biology, cognitive science and psychology.
Computational neuroscientists ask questions such as:
- How do neurons communicate information?
- What are the organizational principles in networks of neurons that facilitate learning and generalization?
- How does the architecture of higher-level brain organization contribute to distinct cognitive functions?
- How is information flow disrupted in neurological and psychiatric conditions?
- How can we leverage formal mathematical models to lend insight into these questions?