Penn Medicine Neuroscience Center

Research & Clinical Trials

Computational Neuroscience

How does the brain compute? This is a fundamental question of neuroscience related to every function of the brain, since almost all tasks require computation.

The computational approach to neuroscience involves computer simulations and modeling, and the goals are generally one or more of the following:

  1. To conduct in silico tests of ideas and hypotheses.
  2. To get a better understanding of experimental data, particularly data coming from diverse methodologies.
  3. To generate new and testable hypotheses to guide future experiments.