A new research has made scientists believe that our brain uses quantum computation after an idea to prove the existence of quantum gravity to explore the human brain and its workings.
Scientists measured the function of brain and found that they were related to the short-term memory performance including conscious awareness. This suggests that brain uses quantum processes to perform its various functions.
While analyzing different functions of brain, the team of researchers targetted some advanced multidisciplinary approaches.
In addition to the above, this may also help to find a number of innovative technologies and build even more advanced quantum computers.
The above study has been published in the journal Journal of Physics Communications which is led by Dr Christian Kerskens, lead physicist at the Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience (TCIN).
This is what Dr Christian Kerskens has to say, “We adapted an idea, developed for experiments to prove the existence of quantum computation, whereby you take known quantum systems, which interact with an unknown system. If the known systems entangle, then the unknown must be a quantum system, too. It circumvents the difficulties to find measuring devices for something we know nothing about.” he said.
Dr Kerskens added, “If entanglement is the only possible explanation here then that would mean that brain processes must have interacted with the nuclear spins, mediating the entanglement between the nuclear spins. As a result, we can deduce that those brain functions must be quantum.
“Because these brain functions were also correlated to short-term memory performance and conscious awareness, it is likely that those quantum processes are an important part of our cognitive and conscious brain functions.
“Quantum brain processes could explain why we can still outperform supercomputers when it comes to unforeseen circumstances, decision making, or learning something new. Our experiments performed only 50 metres away from the lecture theatre, where Schrödinger presented his famous thoughts about life, may shed light on the mysteries of biology, and on consciousness which scientifically is even harder to grasp.”
This research was supported by Science Foundation Ireland and TCIN.