The massive connectivity of claustrum neurons in mice.
The article reports on the findings of new research by Christof Koch on the connectivity of the claustrum. Koch and Crick proposed in 2005 that the claustrum might be implicated in the generation of consciousness. This latest research has duly found that three claustrum neurons in a mouse’s brain encircle the neocortex. This is a very considerable degree of extension for any neuron. Koch believes that this strengthens the case for believing that the claustrum creates consciousness. Maybe that is the case, but substantial connectivity on its own does not yet prove the case. Research is ongoing.
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