Sheila Nirenberg

Neuroscientist
Sheila Nirenberg studies how the brain encodes information — possibly allowing us to decode it, and maybe develop prosthetic sensory devices.

Why you should listen

Sheila Nirenberg is a neuroscientist/professor at Weill Medical College of Cornell University, where she studies neural coding – that is, how the brain takes information from the outside world and encodes it in patterns of electrical activity. The idea is to be able to decode the activity, to look at a pattern of electrical pulses and know what an animal is seeing or thinking or feeling.  Recently, she’s been using this work to develop new kinds of prosthetic devices, particularly ones for treating blindness.


Sheila Nirenberg’s TED talk

Sheila Nirenberg on the TED Blog

News

These 6 TED & TEDx speakers just won MacArthur’s “genius” award

September 25, 2013

Six TED speakers have been recognized in the 2013 class of MacArthur Fellows. Each recipient will heretofore be unofficially known as a “genius” and will very officially receive a no-strings-attached prize of $625,000 to support his or her creative instincts for the benefit of society. We salute all 24 of this year’s winners, of course. […]

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