Opening the Doors of Perception

By Chris Berdik

As much as we think we share a common “real world,” in fact, to a certain extent, we each live in our own reality, one created by billions of neurons in our brains constantly interpreting and intermingling the information picked up by our senses. Boston University faculty are looking into the mysteries of how the brain processes the stimuli of everyday existence, and what happens when these complex systems go awry. From translating neural signals into words to reverse engineering the brains of fish, researchers are embarking on new collaborative investigations to find answers.