The maths of hallucinations πŸ§ πŸ‘€

Have you ever seen something briefly that you then realise wasn’t actually there? Or rubbed your eyes and seen patterns dancing on your eyelids?πŸ‘These are called visual hallucinations and they happen when your brain is trying to make sense of the information it receives from your eyes.Β  Your brain uses this information but also fills in the gaps based on what you have seen before.Β  What we think we see, therefore, may actually be slightly different to what is actually there.πŸ€” Mathematical equations can be used to look at the changes in activity of neurons (brain cells) across the part of the brain that first gets the information from the eyes.Β  By comparing these patterns of activity with the patterns of the hallucinations that are seen, we can better understand how hallucinations happen and predict other hallucinations that may occur. Maths can also help us to learn more about hallucination causing illnesses such as schizophrenia, Parkinson’s or epilepsy.πŸ‘πŸ» Using maths takes us one step closer to understanding the most complex structure in the universe.πŸ§ πŸ€— What do you see when looking at the image above?πŸ‘€πŸ‘€ This research is being undertaken by Abigail Cocks at the University of Nottingham.πŸ™ŒπŸ»Β #appliedmathematicsΒ #neuroscienceΒ #brainΒ #hallucinationsΒ #mathsinlifeΒ #mathsinnatureΒ #mathsinmedicineΒ #stemΒ #womeninmathematicsΒ #scicommΒ #keeplearning

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