How Your Brain Is Like The Internet

How Your Brain Is Like The Internet

New research shows the connected nature of the human brain.

Michael Brooks
  • 12 august 2010

Researchers from the University of Southern California recently found that brain regions were connected through feedback loops and not top-down command structures. The research counters the assumption of neurology that the brain is hierarchical. In order to reach this conclusion, the researchers used tracing technology on the brain tissue, which revealed the relationships between different parts of the brain’s circuitry. Specifically, the research focused on the relationship between neurocenters associated with appetite, depression and anxiety. Researchers believe that this technique could help reveal an entire map of the nervous system.

The BBC reports:

“You would be amazed at how much of the current experimental neuroscience literature is dominated by ‘top down-bottom up thinking’, which goes back to the 19th Century, especially in neurology,” Professor Swanson told BBC News.

“The bottom line is that no matter what you might think, the circuitry we’ve shown – that specific set of structural connections – has not been demonstrated before.”

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