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By Fiona Macrae
Last updated at 6:21 PM on 28th October 2008
It is a discovery that could explain the enduring appeal of Friends. Scientists have found brain cells devoted to Jennifer Aniston.
Fans of the actress, who played socialite Rachel Green in the Channel 4 sit-com, are likely to have at least one brain cell that springs into action each time they see a picture of her, research suggests.
Other brain cells are similarly encoded to store memories of individual celebrities, from actress Halle Berry to former US presidents Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan.
Originally posted by MemoryShock
You missed the point, candyfloss.
Whether you prefer a particular actor/actress or food or anything for that matter, the implication is that there is a neuron specifically associated with the specific piece of external stimulii.
The 'Aniston' neuron(s) will fire when anything Aniston presents itself. The Jolie neuron(s) will fire when anything Jolie presents itself. The Creme Brulee(sp) neuron will fire when anything desert presents itself.
The 'best part' about this is that Scientists have developed instruments to measure this activity. So if you think of Aniston/Jolie, since the scientists would have already catalogued your brain activity, then they will have a great liklihood of recognizing the instant you started thinking of Aniston/Jolie.
Gotta love it...
Originally posted by N. Tesla
that's not surprising. but does that mean that there is a brain cell for anything you have ever experienced? and can they run out?
The original research by Dr R Quian Quiroga, of the University’s Department of Engineering, showed that one neuron fired to, for instance, Jennifer Aniston, another one to Halle Berry, another one to the Sydney Opera House, etc.
The responses were abstract. For example, the neuron firing to Halle Berry responded to several different pictures of her and even to the letters of her name, but not to other people or names.
This result, published in Nature in 2005 came from data from patients suffering from epilepsy. As candidates for epilepsy surgery, they are implanted with intracranial electrodes to determine as accurately as possible the area where the seizures originate. From that, clinicians can evaluate the potential outcome of curative surgery.
Originally posted by GodshipForAll
is there any medication for this condition....
If I could I'd never want to recognize another celebrity again....or former school teachers.... or that one chick I never should of hooked up with on that school trip...ok I mean last weekend.....uggghhhghg....
Originally posted by Maxmars
Some suggest this may account for phantom memories in transplant recipients. If there is anything to this theory, it may be possible that certain memory responses are resident outside the brain itself.
Originally posted by candyfloss
Piffle,I don't believe a word of it and it's Tommy Rot.
Originally posted by candyfloss
I suppose people will start communicating with pancakes next or something?