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Data Stories | Untuned but not irrelevant

June 19, 2018

Researcher Joel Zylberberg studies how the brain encodes and computes visual information. Zylberberg used data from the Allen Brain Observatory to explore the role of what are called “untuned neurons” in coding visual information. While “tuned” neurons respond to specific types of visual information – vertical black bars, for example – the firing rates of “untuned neurons” do not appear tied to any specific stimulus. See what Zylberberg and his colleagues found when they began probing the role of untuned neurons in sensory information coding.