USC Research Reveals Rat’s Brain Constructed Like The Internet
As much as we try to imitate the mammalian brain with our technology, we still have no sign of reaching there. Even with the present technology, if you want to replicate even one percent of the human’s brain, you require the power of 250,000 desktop PCs. A new scientific paper has now made it a little clear about how synapses of the brain are organized.
So a team of researchers from USC have constructed a database of the rat brain’s study of 40 years, which acts as a virtual ‘wiring diagram’ for the rat’s brain. This has led to find out the built of a rat’s brain and enabled higher understanding of the whole structure.
Turns out that after the team conducted a network analysis on the connections, they found out that neurons are built in a series of local networks like the Internet, “layered like the shells in a Russian nesting doll.” Two local networks, namely vision and learning and organ function make up the inner shell, while two other networks account for the outer shell.
The cerebral cortex holds the structure of a “mini-Internet” or simply put, a complex computer network. Large local networks all connect together, joining upwards until you end at the fiber-optic cables and data centers which create the backbone of Internet.
So with this breakthrough of being able to create a wiring diagram of the central nervous system, we have reached a milestone of being able to understand cognition itself.
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