Towards a fourth spatial dimension of brain activity

Towards a fourth spatial dimension of brain activity

  • Arturo Tozzi
  • James F. Peters

Cognitive Neurodynamics, 2016 pp 1-11.  DOI: 10.1007/s11571-016-9379-z

Current advances in neurosciences deal with the functional architecture of the central nervous system, paving the way for general theories that improve our understanding of brain activity. From topology, a strong concept comes into play in understanding brain functions, namely, the 4D space of a “hypersphere’s torus”, undetectable by observers living in a 3D world. The torus may be compared with a video game with biplanes in aerial combat: when a biplane flies off one edge of gaming display, it does not crash but rather it comes back from the opposite edge of the screen. Our thoughts exhibit similar behaviour, i.e. the unique ability to connect past, present and future events in a single, coherent picture as if we were allowed to watch the three screens of past-present-future “glued” together in a mental kaleidoscope. Here we hypothesize that brain functions are embedded in a imperceptible fourth spatial dimension and propose a method to empirically assess its presence. Neuroimaging fMRI series can be evaluated, looking for the topological hallmark of the presence of a fourth dimension. Indeed, there is a typical feature which reveal the existence of a functional hypersphere: the simultaneous activation of areas opposite each other on the 3D cortical surface. Our suggestion—substantiated by recent findings—that brain activity takes place on a closed, donut-like trajectory helps to solve long-standing mysteries concerning our psychological activities, such as mind-wandering, memory retrieval, consciousness and dreaming state.

 

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https://blogs.discovermagazine.com/neuroskeptic/2016/06/11/the-four-dimensional-brain/#.V16-KbuLTcs

 

 

Wow! he had the honour to be posted in the blog of the mighty, highly-influential English neuroscientist called NEUROSKEPTIC: 
 
https://blogs.discovermagazine.com/neuroskeptic/2016/06/11/the-four-dimensional-brain/#comment-2727963418
 
"“The brain is a three dimensional object.” It would seem that this is one of the least controversial facts about the brain, something we can all agree on. But now, in a curious new paper, researchers Arturo Tozzi and James F. Peters suggest that the brain might have an extra dimension: Towards a fourth spatial dimension of brain activity"
 
We received a lot of comments, either positive or negative; nevertheless, we are proud to have been taken into account!
Thanks, Neuroskeptic!