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Brain cells caught learning

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Scientists have detected evidence of individual brain cells signalling the formation of new memories.

Neurons that scientists call "changing cells" in the hippocampus - sometimes called the brain's memory hub - give off specific types of signals as a monkey commits tasks to memory.

It is well known that new associative memories - such as learning the name of a new acquaintance - require the involvement of the hippocampus.

But this is the first time that researchers have pinpointed the details of memory formation at the neural level.

"When hippocampal cells undergo these striking changes in neuronal activity, it's like watching a new memory being born," says Wendy Suzuki, of New York University, US.
 
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The hippocampus again!
they must be concentrating on that little blob at the moment-

amazing that they think learning can be moderated by so few cells.

Perhaps amplification and augmentation of the brain will be easier than people think.

Imagine having the learning procss made into a more efficient process...
humans could turn into walking RAMs- ouch!

you would need to put a little cooling fan in your skull to avoid overheating.
 

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Eburacum45 said:
...Imagine having the learning procss made into a more efficient process...
humans could turn into walking RAMs- ouch!

you would need to put a little cooling fan in your skull to avoid overheating.
...and hope that microsoft doesn't supply the software...:D
 
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i would have thought that your memory is in your aura
its is apparently a magnetic feild.
the brain has its hands full just doing the body functions why should it do the memory thing as well?
 
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