Welcome to Neuroscience Center Zurich

Prof. Dr. Kevan Martin



Institute of Neuroinformatics
University of Zurich / ETH Zurich

Winterthurerstrasse 190
8057 Zürich

Tel. +41 44 635 3051

Main Goals, Keywords

Every thought, every idea, every memory, every decision, and every action we have and make, arises from the activity of neurons in our brains. The results of some of this activity surround us: household objects, books, technology and art. Of all brain structures, the neocortex, which forms over 80% of the volume of the human brain is, arguably, the most critical to what makes us human. This is a paradox, because the basic local architecture of the neocortex in all mammals, from mouse to man, appears to be very similar and is determined by the laminar distribution of relatively few types of excitatory and inhibitory neurons organized according to common principles of connectivity. My research goal is to answer just two questions: 'what is neocortex?'and, 'what does it do?'

Previous and Current Research

Selected Publications

Selected Lectures, Seminars or Colloquia



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