Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Halle Berry Neurons

The Scientific American Mind issue for Feb 26 has an article on so-called Halle Berry Neurons. It's kind of neat.
A recent study published in the journal Nature by scientists at the California Institute of Technology and the University of California, Los Angeles, suggests that our brains use far fewer cells to interpret any given image than previously believed. For instance, researchers discovered a "Bill Clinton cell" that responds almost exclusively to the former president. Another neuron fires only when the actor Halle Berry comes into view.
The Nature article is locked behind a subscription barrier, unfortunately.

... sorry for not posting recently — serious network problems down at the homestead.

(article via Mindhacks.com. Image via georgiapainphysicians.com — gorgeous gallery )

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