Neural decoding articles from across Nature Portfolio

Neural decoding is the study of what information is available in the electrical activity (action potentials) of individual cells or networks of neurons. Studies of neural decoding aim to identify what stimulus, event, or desired output elicits a particular pattern of neural activity.

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    Using long-term brain recordings in patients with chronic pain, we identified objective biomarkers of real-world subjective pain intensity over many months. Spontaneous chronic pain states were predicted most reliably by sustained changes in the activity of the orbitofrontal cortex, whereas acute pain was most associated with signals from the anterior cingulate cortex.

    Nature Neuroscience 26, 928-929
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    Bidirectional neuromorphic brain interfaces, based on interconnecting brain networks with artificial spiking neural networks, aim to optimize neural prostheses to help people with paralysis to regain autonomy. Their emergence questions the concept of human subjectivation, the continuous process by which we become and remain the subject of our life.

    • Blaise Yvert
    •  & Eric Fourneret
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    To interact safely with our environment, we must be able to judge our confidence in what we perceive. But what cues do we use to compute perceptual confidence? Geurts et al.1 decode brain activity and show that perceptual confidence is based on the distribution of sensory uncertainty, combining uncertainty driven by the input and the visual system.

    • Pascal Mamassian
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    Sensory information encoding in the mouse brain is more suboptimal when mice make correct decisions than when they make incorrect ones. These suboptimal encoding structures can help information flow between different brain regions, enhancing the ability of these brain regions to work together to make decisions.

    • N. Alex Cayco-Gajic
    •  & Joel Zylberberg
    Nature Neuroscience 24, 903-904