These Mice Watched A Classic Orson Welles Film For Science

Archive Photos via Getty Images Orson Welles, Charlton Heston and other men in a scene from Welles’ classic 1958 film, “Touch Of Evil.” Orson Welles probably never thought some viewers of his masterpiece “Touch of Evil” would be mice.  These classic film-viewing rodents belong to the Allen Brain Observatory, a new initiative launched July 13 by the Seattle-based Allen Institute for Brain Science to create a digital library of brains in action.The Allen Institute has previously developed detailed maps of neurons and their connections in the brain. But the scientists behind the project hope that observing the real-time brain activity of movie-watching mice will give them more insight into how neurons receive and compute visual information. “This is a milestone in our quest to decode how the brain’s computations give rise…

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