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Human memory capacity is 'ten times larger'

By T.K. Randall
January 22, 2016 · Comment icon 9 comments

How much data can our brain actually store ? Image Credit: YouTube / University of Washington
Scientists believe that the human brain can remember ten times as much information as previously thought.
There's no doubt that we store a lot of things in our head - but exactly how much memory we have available to us has remained a topic of debate among researchers for years.

Now however scientists in California believe that they may have finally unlocked the answer to this question by building a 3D model of the hippocampus - the part of the brain responsible for memory.
By examining the difference in size between synaptic pairs they were able to determine that there exists an additional complexity to the synapses that no-one had ever realized before.

"This is a real bombshell in the field of neuroscience," said biologist Terry Sejnowski.

"Our new measurements of the brain's memory capacity increase conservative estimates by a factor of 10 to at least a petabyte, in the same ballpark as the World Wide Web."

Source: Science Alert | Comments (9)




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Comment icon #1 Posted by Iron_Lotus 8 years ago
i maxed out years ago i can feel myself forget old things as new information is packed into my little cranium. the brain needs usb drives.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Taun 8 years ago
Comment icon #3 Posted by jarjarbinks 8 years ago
i have a great memory, faces and time. i can remember what ive done in september 2004 or march 2001, etc. etc. People i know are always freak out when i recall things even if they are so meaningless...
Comment icon #4 Posted by Black Red Devil 8 years ago
i maxed out years ago i can feel myself forget old things as new information is packed into my little cranium. the brain needs usb drives. I got a new 2tb drive inserted. I should be OK now.
Comment icon #5 Posted by coolguy 8 years ago
I remeber stuff from when i was 5 yesrs old
Comment icon #6 Posted by Harte 8 years ago
Scientists believe that the human brain can remember ten times as much information as previously thought. Okay. So where'd I leave my keys? Anyone? Harte
Comment icon #7 Posted by Taun 8 years ago
Okay. So where'd I leave my keys? Anyone? Harte In the ceramic lawn frogs mouth that you keep next to the horse trough in your front yard...
Comment icon #8 Posted by Mark56 8 years ago
I don't believe any of this. If I don't spend half of the morning looking for my coffee cup, I'll spend half the morning looking for my glasses.
Comment icon #9 Posted by third_eye 8 years ago
Ayumu is a 7-year-old chimpanzee ~ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qyJomdyjyvM ~ Ayumu the chimpanzee has made headlines around the world for his ability to beat humans on memory tests ... ~ ~ Ayumu's game link


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