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  1. Thank you for a wonderful talk. I have a question that is the regeneration of neurons somehow help in the memory of the brain in case of memory loss?

  2. I am really impressed by Thompons perfect way of explaining the matter… Her manner reflects the aspects of youthful and energetic science that we need nowadays and in general. Thank you for this service to science and society. Also I think that she meets a good mixture of cuteness and attractiveness that few scientists have achieved…. though this might sound sexist to some, I do see such aspects as important for the matter of propargating science to the masses.

  3. I like the pollarded tree analogy, having read the fractal brain theory and abstracts by R. Penrose & S. Hameroff, I can follow this along rather well. Good work Katherine!

  4. Are you looking at the implications for over pruning and under pruning in schizophrenia and autism respectively.

  5. awesome! I'm so glad to see focus on connectionism as opposed to the minutia of the micro (e.g. action potentials) or macro (e.g. how does the hippocampus behave). one phrase particularly stood out for me: "SUPPOSED to be connected with" Are neurons connected in a predetermined configuration that just happened to get disrupted by the injury? this seems to be THE key question, because it's the network connectivity that defines cognition. something tells me the growth that naturally occurs is organic and non-deterministic; i.e. even if we could travel back in time and watch the initial growth of dendritic connections we'd likely see a somewhat different network but with a similar function…perhaps.

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