Etched in our brains

America's former sweethearts, Berry help prove neuron theory

Although Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt are providing a lot of fodder for gossip mags lately, they’re not making any waves among neuroscientists.

In a recent study on the relationship of single brain cells to memory, conducted by neuroscientists at UCLA and the California Institute of Technology and published in the science journal “Nature,” a photo of America’s former sweethearts failed to activate a neuron in the left posterior hippocampus of one subject.

A photo of Halle Berry in her “Catwoman” get-up, however, was recognized instantly, helping the team prove their case that memory can originate in a single neuron and not a group of neurons, as many scientists previously believed.

(Apparently neurons have no concept of box office grosses.)

Not to say that Brad and Jen’s 15 minutes are necessarily over; or that the thesps managed to debunk a medical breakthrough.

As Dr. Eric R. Braverman, author of “The Edge Effect: Achieve Total Health and Longevity with the Balanced Brain Advantage,” who’s done research on the subject says, “Theories have always got holes in them.”

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