The Brain Is a Statistical Engine

"Your legs couldn’t tell you Newton’s laws, but they still obey them, and of course your brain might not be able to explain the laws of statistics, but it still obeys them."

What Rats Can Teach Us About Confidence

Kepecs uses rats to study the neurology of decision-making because their brains are evolutionarily similar to ours but much simpler. Likewise, if you wanted to learn how cars worked, you wouldn’t study a complicated Lexus; you’d study a Model T.

Big Think Interview With Adam Kepecs

A conversation with the neuroscientist.

The Curious Case of Phineas Gage

The iconic abnormal psych case of Phineas Gage provided scientists with the first hints that different functions like decision-making and language acquisition were grouped into localized areas within the brain.