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Traffic Jams In Your Brain

November 20th, 2010 11:14 admin Leave a comment Go to comments

An anonymous reader writes “Carl Zimmer’s latest foray into neuroscience examines why the brain can get jammed up by a simple math problem: ‘Its trillions of connections let it carry out all sorts of sophisticated computations in very little time. You can scan a crowded lobby and pick out a familiar face in a fraction of a second, a task that pushes even today’s best computers to their limit. Yet multiplying 357 by 289, a task that demands a puny amount of processing, leaves most of us struggling.’ Some scientists think mental tasks can get stuck in bottlenecks because everything have to go through a certain neural network they call ‘the router.’”

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