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"According to Barth, it seems that this active network of neurons in the
neocortex acts like a social network."


Carnegie Mellon researchers identify 'Facebook neurons'
Population of highly active neurons could provide insight into the neocortex
  
 
PITTSBURGH-Carnegie Mellon University researchers have found that within the
brain's neocortex lies a subnetwork of highly active neurons that behave
much like people in social networks. Like Facebook, these neuronal networks
have a small population of highly active members who give and receive more
information than the majority of other members, says Alison Barth, associate
professor of biological sciences at Carnegie Mellon and a member of the
Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition (CNBC). By identifying these
neurons, scientists will now be able to study them further and increase
their understanding of the neocortex, which is thought to be the brain's
center of higher learning. 


http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-01/cmu-cmr011011.php 

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