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news and views nature neuroscience volume 4 no 2 february 2001 115
 

Summary: news and views
nature neuroscience volume 4 no 2 february 2001 115
Over the past few months, the neuro-
science community has been experienc-
ing, or perhaps has been the subject of,
a novel experiment in the presentation
of scientific results. I refer, of course, to
`The Contest' proposed by John Hopfield
and Carlos Brody. For those unaware of
this event, Hopfield and Brody built a
model network with interesting proper-
ties1, but rather than discuss their work
in a conventional manner, they described
its `anatomy,' `physiology' and `behavior,'
more or less as if it were a real organism.
The information provided included a
basic circuit diagram, characteristics of
individual model neurons, and respons-
es of the system to various inputs. Hop-
field and Brody then challenged the

  

Source: Abbott, Laurence - Center for Neurobiology and Behavior & Department of Physiology and Cellular Biophysics, Columbia University

 

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