***** To join INSNA, visit http://www.insna.org ***** Hi - Novel comparison. -j "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 _____________________________________________________________________ SOCNET is a service of INSNA, the professional association for social network researchers (http://www.insna.org). To unsubscribe, send an email message to [log in to unmask] containing the line UNSUBSCRIBE SOCNET in the body of the message.