Are Our Brains Running Something Analogous to a Graphics Processing Unit?
Physics simulation is a critical aspect of cognition when it comes to survival. Now scientists are honing in on five areas of the brain, possibly with more to come, that is used for helping us to process the physics of the real world.
These areas of the brain aren’t used exclusively for physics mapping:
The researchers found that the brain’s physics engine — this group of five regions — significantly overlaps with the multiple-demand network. Predicting dynamic movement isn’t the engine’s only purpose, but it sure is one of its major jobs.
The experiments used to advance this research were quite clever. This is pretty exciting stuff.