A Speed Limit on Thought?

John H. johnh at faraway.hgmp.mrc.ac.uk
Tue Mar 30 20:39:02 EST 2004


group of German neuro-physicists say they've discovered an upper limit on
how fast human beings can think. It all depends on how closely connected the
brain's nerve cells are.

If you've ever been envious of people who seem able to think faster or be
more coordinated, take heart. There is a limit, it seems, even for them.

Three theoretical neuro-physicists from the Max Planck Institute for Flow
Research in Göttingen used models of neural networks in the brain to
discover an upper limit to the speed of thought.

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