Wednesday, 15 October 2003

Brain Functions

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***

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