Human brain works ten times faster than previously thought:Study

Saturday 11 March 2017 2 weeks ago 52   New York   Print

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Report  Web desk : NEW YORK: Scientists have discovered that the brain is 10 times more active than previously thought. In a new study on components of the neurons known as dendrites, researchers found that they are not passive conduits as typically believed, but instead are electrically active in moving animals. Not only could this mean that the brain has over 100 times the computational capacity than it is been believed, but the discovery could also pave the way for the development of brain-like computers. The study from the University of California, Los Angeles examined the structure and function of dendrites. These make up the branches of neurons and stem from the body, or soma. To communicate, somas generate brief electrical pulses called ‘spikes,’ and it’s long been thought that these spikes are behind the activation of the dendrites, which passively send currents to other somas. But, in the new study, the researchers found that this is not the case. In free-moving animals, they found that the dendrites are electrically active, and generate 10 times more spikes than somas. 02