Couple of interesting snippets from the Robert Winston Human Mind programme:
- A new born baby has many more (50%) neurons than an adult, coding functions that are no longer used and are "lost" as the baby grows up - eg recognising monkey faces (?). Things like synathstesia are functions that are normally lost, but in some people persist into adulthood.
- We have mirror neurons that fire in reaction to watching someone else move, so giving us a sense of feeling what the other person is doing.
***Imported from old blog***