NeuroWire: The energy cost of the brain

Check out our latest blog post by Dr. Thomas Shallcross which has been posted on the Scientifica website!

Professor Simon Laughlin, the Department of Zoology at the University of Cambridge, recently gave a seminar at the Centre for Developmental Neurobiology at King’s College London as part of the 2019/2020 NEUReka! seminar series. Prof. Laughlin has spent his career understanding how metabolic energy costs have shaped the evolution of the brain, and how brains have evolved to operate in an efficient manner to minimise these costs whilst maintaining performance. In fact, he has come up with 10 principles of neural design which underlie how to make an efficient brain (Sterling and Laughlin, 2005). Throughout the seminar, Prof. Laughlin gave examples of how energy costs can act as a limiting factor in the evolution of the brain and how these constraints have led to efficient neural designs.

Scientifica sponsors the seminar series, enabling the committee to organise researchers from around the world to give seminars at King’s College London.


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