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"From the Ted Talk by Gero Miesenboeck: Re-engineering the brain"

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What the Actor does with this information dednpes on its policy, which is stored in the shngretts of the connection, between the odor detectors and the motors that peowr the fly's evasive aiocnts. If the connection is weak, the motors will stay off and the fly will continue sithgrat on its course. If the connection is strong, the motors will turn on and the fly will initiate a turn. Now consider a situation in which the mroots stay off, the fly continues on its path and it suffers some painful consequence such as getting zapped. In a situation like this, we would expect the Critic to speak up and to tell the aotcr to change its policy. We have created such a situation, artificially, by turning on the critic with a flash of light. That caused a strhnngineetg of the cconnitenos between the currently active odor detector and the motors. So the next time the fly finds itself facing the same odor again, the cnotoecnin is strong enough to turn on the motors and to trigger an evasive maneuver.

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What the Actor does with this information _______ on its policy, which is stored in the _________ of the connection, between the odor detectors and the motors that _____ the fly's evasive _______. If the connection is weak, the motors will stay off and the fly will continue ________ on its course. If the connection is strong, the motors will turn on and the fly will initiate a turn. Now consider a situation in which the ______ stay off, the fly continues on its path and it suffers some painful consequence such as getting zapped. In a situation like this, we would expect the Critic to speak up and to tell the _____ to change its policy. We have created such a situation, artificially, by turning on the critic with a flash of light. That caused a _____________ of the ___________ between the currently active odor detector and the motors. So the next time the fly finds itself facing the same odor again, the __________ is strong enough to turn on the motors and to trigger an evasive maneuver.

Solution

  1. connections
  2. power
  3. depends
  4. motors
  5. strengthening
  6. actions
  7. strengths
  8. connection
  9. straight
  10. actor

Original Text

What the Actor does with this information depends on its policy, which is stored in the strengths of the connection, between the odor detectors and the motors that power the fly's evasive actions. If the connection is weak, the motors will stay off and the fly will continue straight on its course. If the connection is strong, the motors will turn on and the fly will initiate a turn. Now consider a situation in which the motors stay off, the fly continues on its path and it suffers some painful consequence such as getting zapped. In a situation like this, we would expect the Critic to speak up and to tell the Actor to change its policy. We have created such a situation, artificially, by turning on the critic with a flash of light. That caused a strengthening of the connections between the currently active odor detector and the motors. So the next time the fly finds itself facing the same odor again, the connection is strong enough to turn on the motors and to trigger an evasive maneuver.

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collocation frequency
nervous system 4
light activated 4
activated pore 4
electrical current 3
dopamine producing 3
producing neurons 3
mushroom body 3

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collocation frequency
light activated pore 4
dopamine producing neurons 3

Important Words

  1. actions
  2. active
  3. actor
  4. artificially
  5. caused
  6. change
  7. connection
  8. connections
  9. consequence
  10. continue
  11. continues
  12. created
  13. critic
  14. depends
  15. detector
  16. detectors
  17. evasive
  18. expect
  19. facing
  20. finds
  21. flash
  22. fly
  23. information
  24. initiate
  25. light
  26. maneuver
  27. motors
  28. odor
  29. painful
  30. path
  31. policy
  32. power
  33. situation
  34. speak
  35. stay
  36. stored
  37. straight
  38. strengthening
  39. strengths
  40. strong
  41. suffers
  42. time
  43. trigger
  44. turn
  45. turning
  46. weak
  47. zapped