How the Brain Computes
|Source: Rockefeller University - C elegans roundworm's Brain Activity|
In Tiny Worms, Spiking Neurons and Clues to Brain Function
The brain isn't a computer but it does compute. To process data the human brain uses a digital code. The cells produce bursts of electric current known as "action potentials". They are the 0's & 1's of the nervous system. The code is assumed to be vital also to animals.
Breakthrough Research on a Tiny Creature
Researchers at Rockefeller University have made an amazing discovery. They have had their 1st chance to observe "action potentials" in the brain cells of a tiny worm, the C elegans roundworm. It wasn't expected to be there. It's a first and experts say it's disrupting decades of dogma about the brain. And, it could help scientists understand fundamentals of brain computation.
Advancing Scientific Understanding of the Brain
The research team mapped all 302 neurons that make up the nervous system of C elegans and documented the unexpected "action potentials". They believe this will help to advance computational neuroscience and expand scientific understanding of the nervous system The findings were published in the journal Cell.