A giant neuron has been found wrapped around the entire circumference of the brain

A giant neuron has been found wrapped around the entire circumference of the brain – ScienceAlert

For the first time, scientists have detected a giant neuron wrapped around the entire circumference of a mouse’s brain, and it’s so densely connected across both hemispheres, it could finally explain the origins of consciousness. …

Lead researcher Christof Koch told Sara Reardon at Nature that they’ve never seen neurons extend so far across both regions of the brain before.

Oddly enough, all three giant neurons happen to emanate from a part of the brain that’s shown intriguing connections to human consciousness in the past – the claustrum, a thin sheet of grey matter that could be the most connected structure in the entire brain, based on volume.

…They suggested that it connects all of our external and internal perceptions together into a single unifying experience, like a conductor synchronises an orchestra, and strange medical cases in the past few years have only made their case stronger.”

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