Monthly Archives: July 2019

Long hypothesized, elusive neuron finally discovered.

Brown University identifies a previously unknown brain cell acting as the brain's long-hypothesized clock or metronome. The team states the neuron spikes in a rhythmically and synchronized manner independent of external sensations.

In an amazing feat, the brain can measure time continuously, keeping the person aware of how long they have performed a certain task, such as eating or sleeping. Accordingly, this exact measurement of time allows humans to make complex movements requiring muscle coordination within a microsecond of sensitivity, or decode complex auditory signals in the form of speech or music.

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