Specialized neurons called grid cells are responsible for navigating both time and space despite having no visual landmarks.
You can’t escape space and time; they’re involved in every aspect of our lives so the brain has developed ways to track these dimensions.
Circuits that organize space and time gave rise to memory which is a common skill in mammals.
- How do elephants, whales, and other animals return to the same places to give birth, feed or die?
- Why do some people have a keen sense of direction or no sense of time?
How is it that I can walk into the kitchen just as the timer is ready to go off, but I get lost so easily? Clearly, my “timing” grid cells work great and the “location” grid cells, not so much. Glad I’ve got technology to help me!
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