Posted on November 23rd, 2016 in Anita Bandrowski, Inside NIF | No Comments »
So I never ever put apps on my phone because they are a waste of space, also I have an old sad phone so a couple of apps just decimate up my memory.
This all changed at the 2016 SfN meeting last week when I talked to some lovely grad students from Norway, who showed me Neuronify. Ok I know what you are thinking, how can an app for something neuroscience-related actually be useful? I was certainly a skeptic, but no longer.
You have got to try it!
I am an electrophysiologist, by training, and always wondered why anyone in their right mind would ever simulate data. Isn’t that like making things up?
Then I started simulating data on some nice Cray supercomputers, because it was fun, but it is a little inconvenient to lug one of those to class or a dinner date.
Neuronify solves this problem, at least for relatively simple simulations, allowing students to quickly see how neurons behave in a network while doing what they do all day anyway, i.e., play with their phones.
I can’t say enough about how much fun I am having with my phone, now that I can simulate Tritonia swimming central pattern generator circuits, without having to find snails!