Researchers identify 'Facebook neurons': Population of highly active neurons could provide insight into the neocortex

Monday, January 10, 2011 - 14:30 in Biology & Nature

Researchers have found that within the brain's neocortex lies a subnetwork of highly active neurons that behave much like people in social networks. Like Facebook, these neuronal networks have a small population of highly active members who give and receive more information than most other members. By identifying these neurons, scientists will now be able to study them further and increase their understanding of the brain's center of higher learning.

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