Posted by Yvonne on 27.10.2014


It’s not every day that brain cells find their way to the Nobel Prize. But this “inner GPS system” did on this occasion:

The discovery shows how the brain builds a map of it’s surroundings in order to navigate.

ILLUSTRATION BY MATTIAS KARLÉN FOR THE NOBEL PRIZE COMMITTEE FOR PHYSIOLOGY OR MEDICINE

ILLUSTRATION BY MATTIAS KARLÉN FOR THE NOBEL PRIZE COMMITTEE FOR PHYSIOLOGY OR MEDICINE

 

This finding may also give an answer to what happens to people with Alzheimer’s disease, as this group often loses its ability to navigate.

These so called “Place” and “Grid”- cells have also opened up other possibilities about cognitive processes like memory, thinking and planning.