Revealed: How nose can be a pathfinder

Washington : Researchers have found out the process behind nose becoming a pathfinder. Researchers at the Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience have said that brain connects smells to memories through an associative process where neural networks are linked through synchronised brain waves of 20-40 Hz, according to ANI.

Lead author, Kei Igarashi, said they know that neurons in different brain regions need to oscillate in synchrony for these regions to speak effectively to each other.

Still, the relationship between interregional coupling and formation of memory traces has remained poorly understood.

The researchers designed a maze for rats, where a rat would see a hole to poke its nose into. When poking into the hole, the rat was presented with one of two alternative smells.

One smell told the rat that food would be found in the left food cup behind the rat. The other smell told it that there was food in the right cup.

The rat would soon learn which smell would lead to a reward where. After three weeks of training, the rats chose correctly on more than 85 per cent of the trials.

In order to see what happened inside the brain during acquisition, 16 electrode pairs were inserted in the hippocampus and in different areas of the entorhinal cortex.

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