35 Mice Watched the Cult Film Touch of Evil for Science

Allen Brain ObservatoryWhat do mice feel at the movies? Joy and sadness? Inspiration and confusion? Do they think about their place in the universe, about the consequences of their actions? Different people will think those questions are either jokes or serious philosophical inquiries. Really, they’re just statements of ignorance. Brains are complicated, and there’s still a lot that scientists don’t know about the transition between sense and experience—though, being scientists, they learn more every day. Today’s step forward is a huge release of high-resolution brain maps made by the Allen Institute’s Brain Observatory of 35 mice while they watched the classic movie Touch of Evil. And the data—activity from 18,000 neurons—is open to anyone who wants to take a look around. How exactly do you watch a mouse’s brain while it watches…


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