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The British Society for Literature and Science Review Rodrigo Quian Quiroga's book

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Rodrigo Quian Quiroga, The Forgetting Machine: Memory, Perception, and the Jennifer Aniston Neuron

Quiroga begins his exploration of memory by relating a key scene from the film Bladerunner (1982) which posits a world with synthetic humans, known as replicants. They are gifted with memories in order to feel more human, despite their use as mere tools for humanity. We are taken back to the death scene of Roy Batty, a rogue replicant, as he recounts the memories that flicker in his head. All of those lost memories, we lament....

The British Society for Literature and Science.

Good Morning News (Italy) Borges e la memoria review by Maria Kodama

8th May 2021 - Borges e la memoria review

Maria Kodama reviews 'Borges e la memoria' di Rodrigo Quian Quiroga

Ms Kodama calls the book' a fascinating and original journey into the functioning of the human brain.'

The Scientist - May 2018 featured our work on computer programs sifting through spikes in nerve cells

2nd May 2018 

Our work on computer programs sifting through spikes in nerve cells activity was featured in The Scientist.

Rodrigo Quian Quiroga: Interview for BS141, Memory and Perception (BS 141) January 25, 2018

19th April 2018 - Memoryu and Perception

Forgetting Machine: Memory, Perception, and the "Jennifer Aniston Neuron.

Neuroscientist Rodrigo Quian Quiroga has written a wonderfully accessible book calledThe Forgetting Machine: Memory, Perception, and the "Jennifer Aniston Neuron. " I interviewed him for BS 141 because I wanted to hear the real science behind his work. The key idea of his book his that perception and memory are based on similar principles. Our perceptions are largely created by our brains, but the same is also true for our memories.

Podcast in People Behind the Science 437: Dr. Rodrigo Quian Quiroga: Unraveling the Mechanisms Behind Memory in the Human Brain

19th April 2018 - People Behind the Science Podcast


Una neurona de nuestro cerebro se denomina "Jennifer Aniston"

19th April 2018 - Minuto uno

Rodrigo Quian Quiroga quien que se fue de la Argentina hace diez años, ha descubierto en un estudio de la Universidad de Leicester que pacientes que no reaccionaban ante estímulos comunes, muestran una mejoría al ver una foto de la actriz de Friends.

Scientific American featured the work of CSN

18th April 2018 - Scientific American

In 2005 neuroscientist Rodrigo Quian Quiroga published a paper identifying single neurons that would light up in an individual's brain every time that person saw a particular celebrity—Jennifer Aniston and Michael Jordan were two examples. As amusing and remarkable as this finding seemed, even more than a decade later, researchers are still no closer to understanding how neurons firing in certain brain areas leads to recognition of faces or, most important, how the brain controls specific behaviors in the human body.

Looking for new ways to study this mystifying organ, researchers are now turning to computer science algorithms to help them gather data on the brain. Their discoveries could mean big strides in creating brain-controlled prosthetic devices. Helen Shen covers these exciting new findings in this issue’s cover story, “Cracking the Brain’s Enigma Code.”


People Behind the Science Podcast - Stories from Scientists about Science, Life, Research, and Science Careers

22nd February 2018 - People behind the Science podcast

Memory and Perception

13th February 2018 - Memory and Perception

The Forgetting Machine - part 1 and 2

13th February 2018 - The Forgetting Machine

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