People often think about human behavior in relation to what is happening in the present – reading the newspaper, driving a car, or playing football. But other dimensions of behavior extend over weeks, months and years.
Examples include a child learning to read; an athlete recovering from a concussion; or a person who turns 50 wondering where has all this gone. These are not changes that people perceive on a daily basis. They just suddenly realize that they are older, or have healed, or that they have a new ability to develop.
“The field of neuroscience looks at the brain in different ways,” says Franco Pestilli, a neuroscientist at the University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin). “For example, we are interested in how neurons calculate and enable us to react quickly – a quick reaction that requires visual attention and motor control. Understanding the brain needs big data in order to capture all dimensions of human behavior. “
As an expert in vision science, neuroinformatics, the brain …