Brains are not just neurons. Comment on "Toward a computational framework for cognitive biology: unifying approaches from cognitive neuroscience and comparative cognition" by Fitch.

@article{Huber2014BrainsAN,
  title={Brains are not just neurons. Comment on "Toward a computational framework for cognitive biology: unifying approaches from cognitive neuroscience and comparative cognition" by Fitch.},
  author={Ludwig Huber},
  journal={Physics of life reviews},
  year={2014},
  volume={11 3},
  pages={373-4}
}
This comment addresses the first component of Fitch’s framework: the computational power of single neurons [3]. Although I agree that traditional models of neural computation have vastly underestimated the computational power of single neurons, I am hesitant to follow him completely. The exclusive focus on neurons is likely to underestimate the importance of other cells in the brain. In the last years, two such cell types have received appropriate attention by neuroscientists: interneurons and… CONTINUE READING