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Comedy Brain Cells

Updated on November 7, 2010

Funny ???? Well, its all in the mind, sayss a new study. An international team, led by researchers at Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel, discovered wat it claims is a comedy brain cell which in fact responds to humour.

According to the researchers a persons brain cell fires when he or she watches , say a comedy scene in movie, and go into action once again as that individual recalls the same incident. They came to the conclusion after analysing 13 epilepsy patients who had electrodes implanted into their brains.

The same electrode could be used to moniter single brain cell in the brain's hippocampus, a structure known to play a central role in memory, and related structures as the clips played. As the people recalled a comedy show minutes after they saw , the same brain cells increased their firing rate again. The critical finding was that the same select nerve cells went into action when people recalled these memories too. Remarkably, the cells sprang to life even before the people told the researchers that the memory of the show had come to mind by 1.5 thousandths of a second, suggesting a direct link between free recall and replay of the cells in this portion of the brain. The study has been published in SCIENCE.

Source : THE HINDU.


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