The latest research shows how the brain’s memory capacity is actually 10 times higher than expected.
This study featured in the journal eLife, and was conducted by Dr. Terry Sejnowski, Francis Crick professor and director of the Computational Neurobiology Laboratory at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. It showed that with the help of computers, and a 3D model of a rat’s hippocampus, a more thorough analysis of this brain region could be performed. The results proved that the older beliefs concerning the memory capacity of an average human being might need to be revisited – especially when synapses are a whole lot much more diverse as recently discovered.
While looking at variations that normally usually occur by a margin of approximately 8%, and that means up to 26 kinds of synapses in reality. This would point towards the brain’s memory capacity being capable of being 10 times more than what we knew of before, and when translated to computing terms, it might be the equivalent of 1 petabyte, which is 1 million gigabytes.