Our brain performs complex math to make sense of the world, claim scientists

We may find it difficult to calculate complicated probabilities, but the brain constantly carries out complex mathematical computations without our awareness to make sense of the world, scientists say. Researchers at Princeton University in the US showed that our brains combine complicated observations from our surroundings into a simple assessment of the situation that aids our behaviour and decisions. They found that our brains can accurately track the likelihood of several explanations for what we see around us. They traced these abilities to a region of the brain located just behind our eyes known as the orbitofrontal cortex. “When I try to cross the street, I’m not actually analysing every bit of the scene,” said Yael Niv, an associate professor at the Princeton Neuroscience Institute (PNI). “I’m constructing a narrativeā€¦


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