Vital Brains: The Making and Use of Models in Neuroscience

Using models to understand the human brain is hardly new. The practice has been used widely in the natural and life sciences since the 1800s, and continues today. Yet very little study by social scientists has been dedicated to how the neurosciences develop and use models to better understand what the brain is and how it works, including the complex entanglements between brains and the social. The workshop aims to understand the problems associated with modelling the brain by exploring the history and use of physical models of the brain, the development of digital models and simulations of the brain, and the development and use of animal models in neuroscience.The workshop will tackle four key questions:1) How are brain models created and used in teaching and research?2) What are the…

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