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Thinking Outside the Column: New Insights Into Brain Structure Reveal New Facets of Information Processing in Nervous System

From ScienceDaily: “For more than 50 years, a dominating assumption in brain research was that nerve cells in the cortex of the brain are organised in the form of microscopically small columns. Subsequently, it became a textbook standard that connections are created predominantly between nerve cells within these columns. In a review article for the journal Frontiers in Neuroscience, Clemens Boucsein and colleagues from the Bernstein Centers in Freiburg and Berlin show that this view has to be revised: input from cells that lie outside this column plays a much more important role than hitherto assumed.”