A tradeoff in the neural code: The price we pay for our advanced brains may be a greater tendency to disorders

A tradeoff in the neural code: The price we pay for our advanced brains may be a greater tendency to disorders

New research suggests that our brains are like modern washing machines -- evolved to have the latest sophisticated programming, but more vulnerable to breakdown and prone to develop costly disorders. Scientists conducted experiments comparing the efficiency of the neural code in non-human and human primates and found that as the neural code gets more efficient, the robustness that prevents errors is reduced.

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