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Indications for quantum computation requirements from comparative brain analysis
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Paper Abstract

Whether or not neuronal signal properties can engage 'non-trivial', i.e. functionally significant, quantum properties, is the subject of an ongoing debate. Here we provide evidence that quantum coherence dynamics can play a functional role in ion conduction mechanism with consequences on the shape and associative character of classical membrane signals. In particular, these new perspectives predict that a specific neuronal topology (e.g. the connectivity pattern of cortical columns in the primate brain) is less important and not really required to explain abilities in perception and sensory-motor integration. Instead, this evidence is suggestive for a decisive role of the number and functional segregation of ion channel proteins that can be engaged in a particular neuronal constellation. We provide evidence from comparative brain studies and estimates of computational capacity behind visual flight functions suggestive for a possible role of quantum computation in biological systems.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 April 2010
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 7702, Quantum Information and Computation VIII, 77020R (17 April 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.850468
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Gustav Bernroider, Univ. of Salzburg (Austria)
Wolfgang Baer, Naval Postgraduate School (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7702:
Quantum Information and Computation VIII
Eric J. Donkor; Andrew R. Pirich; Howard E. Brandt, Editor(s)

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