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Submission + - Traffic Jams in Your Brain (discovermagazine.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Carl Zimmer's latest foray into neuroscience examines why the brain can get jammed up by a simple math problem: "Its trillions of connections let it carry out all sorts of sophisticated computations in very little time. You can scan a crowded lobby and pick out a familiar face in a fraction of a second, a task that pushes even today’s best computers to their limit. Yet multiplying 357 by 289, a task that demands a puny amount of processing, leaves most of us struggling." Some scientists think mental tasks can get stuck in bottlenecks because everything have to go through a certain neural network they call "the router."
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Traffic Jams in Your Brain

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