There is a perception that brain outputs such as emotions, behaviours, or cognitive processes are directly linked to how the brain is networked. Whilst certain networks are tied to specific processes like memory or attention, we are now starting to understand that this is not the whole picture.
Neuroscientists are learning that at the neuronal level Purkinje cells are spontaneously active, even in the absence of synaptic input. The brain behaves stochastically, meaning that there is a random probability distribution or pattern that may be analysed statistically but may not be predicted precisely, and even spontaneously fires without any synaptic input. So, does this fare in the face of our perception that we can predict how the brain works?
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