Human Skin Neurons Perform as Well as Those in the Brain

Skin can figure out the shape of things it's touching

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Wed, Sep 3rd, 2014 12:00 by capnasty NEWS

According to a study announced by the Faculty of Medicine at the Swedish university of Umeå, the neurons found in human skin can perform calculations so advanced, it was previously believed that only the brain could do them.

According to researchers at the Department of Integrative Medical Biology, IMB, Umeå University, this branching allows first-order tactile neurons not only to send signals to the brain that something has touched the skin, but also process geometric data about the object touching the skin.

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