Do Lab Rats Dream of Running Mazes?
Neuroscientists Matthew Wilson gives the audience a rare look at the activity in a rat’s brain while it runs a maze. Using that data, he then set the rat through the maze again, noticing that specific areas of its brain were firing again, even for a split second. What Wilson discovered about the brain’s ability to place itself elsewhere in space and time, gives a fascinating perspective on the nature of daydreaming, sleep, and memory.
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Image courtesy of Marcel Germain; Recorded June 2011; Posted October 2011