First Video Of Thought Formation In A Brain

Written by Maria Gomez on . Posted in Science, Technology


Ever wonder what your brain activity looks like while you think?

By inserting a flourescent gene into the brain of a zebrafish, researchers at Japan’s National Institute of Genetics were able to, for the first time ever, witness neural activity in a brain as it reacts to external stimulation.

The gene, GCaMP, caused the fishes neurons to visibly glow in response to the tracking of a light in it’s line of vision, as well as its stalking a paramecium for lunch. Researcher Koichi Kawakami concluded:

“We can make the invisible visible; that’s what is most important… In the future, we can interpret an animal’s behavior, including learning and memory, fear, joy, or anger, based on the activity of particular combinations of neurons.”

Cell via Dvice



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