Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Neuroscientist Records Brain 'Dialogue'

In work published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a research team led by a Brown University neuroscientist describes groundbreaking recordings of activity in two brain regions during deep sleep.

The “dialogue” they captured occurred between the hippocampus and the neocortex, areas of the brain where scientists believe memories are made and stored. The findings were startling.

Researchers found that electrical activity in the brain cells of sleeping mice wasn’t completely random, the conclusion of past research. Instead, the team found that the slow and regular firing of excitatory cells in the neocortex was echoed a fraction of a second later in the hippocampus.

You can read the complete story here.

May be scientists can figure out a way to induce positive dialogues in the brain when we sleep, so that everyone will look forward to the next day! Better yet, scientists may device a method to influence non-violence behavior in criminals that are in prison. Ok, I think that I am getting carried away…!

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