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Brain functions, including those related to memory and decision-making, occur as the result of active networks composed of up to 1000 million neurons. Therefore, to understand neural mechanisms of cognitive functions, we have to simultaneously record multiple neural activities as well as the interactions of these in the relevant networks. Recent improvement of technology has enabled long-term simultaneous single unit recording with a large number of electrodes, decoding of the network activity that signals cognitive representations, causality analysis among different network activities, and so on. These new methods will eventually be applied to Brain Machine Interfaces (BMI) and to clinical treatment for psychiatric diseases. In this symposium, we invite world leading researchers to present recent results of cutting-edge cognitive studies that used multi neural activity recording and we will discuss the future direction of studies into the neural basis of cognitive functions.
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