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Nobel prize for discovering brain’s inner GPS

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The Nobel prize in Physiology or Medicine has been awarded to three scientists namely Edvard Moser, John O’Keefe and May-Britt Moser. The felicitation on three scientists was for their ground breaking discovery on the brain’s inner GPS. This would help us know where we are located and how we navigate from one place to another. It is useful for Alzheimer’s disease patients to recognise their surroundings.

Nobel prize in Physiology or Medicine
Nobel prize in Physiology or Medicine. Source – BBC

Prof O’Keefe, from University College London (UCL), discovered the first part of the brain’s internal positioning system in 1971. These people argued about the position of place cells and grid cells. The scientists also figured out how these cells work in brain’s GPS mapping system.

Source – BBC