Scientists studying the brain have discovered that the organ operates on up to 11 different dimensions, creating multiverse-like structures that are “a world we had never imagined.”
Their findings, published in the journal Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience, reveals the hugely complicated processes involved in the creation of neural structures, potentially helping explain why the brain is so difficult to understand and tying together its structure with its function.
The team, led by scientists at the EPFL, Switzerland, were carrying out research as part of the Blue Brain Project-an initiative to create a biologically detailed reconstruction of the human brain.
In the latest study, researchers honed in on the neural network structures within the brain using algebraic topology-a system used to describe networks with constantly changing spaces and structures.
In the study, researchers carried out multiple tests on virtual brain tissue to find brain structures that would never appear just by chance. Henry Markram, director of Blue Brain Project, said the findings could help explain why the brain is so hard to understand.
In an email interview with Newsweek , Hess says the discovery brings us closer to understanding “One of the fundamental mysteries of neuroscience: the link between the structure of the brain and how it processes information.”