A How-to-Model Guide for Neuroscience

eNeuro. 2020 Feb 14;7(1):ENEURO.0352-19.2019. doi: 10.1523/ENEURO.0352-19.2019. Print 2020 Jan/Feb.


Within neuroscience, models have many roles, including driving hypotheses, making assumptions explicit, synthesizing knowledge, making experimental predictions, and facilitating applications to medicine. While specific modeling techniques are often taught, the process of constructing models for a given phenomenon or question is generally left opaque. Here, informed by guiding many students through modeling exercises at our summer school in CoSMo (Computational Sensory-Motor Neuroscience), we provide a practical 10-step breakdown of the modeling process. This approach makes choices and criteria more explicit and replicable. Experiment design has long been taught in neuroscience; the modeling process should receive the same attention.

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Neurosciences*
  • Research Design