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Nonlocal correlations between separated neural networks
Author(s): Rita Pizzi; Andrea Fantasia; Fabrizio Gelain; Danilo Rossetti; Angelo Vescovi
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Paper Abstract

In recent times the interest for quantum models of brain activity has rapidly grown. The Penrose-Hameroff model assumes that microtubules inside neurons are responsible for quantum computation inside brain. Several experiments seem to indicate that EPR-like correlations are possible at the biological level. In the past year , a very intensive experimental work about this subject has been done at DiBit Labs in Milan, Italy by our research group. Our experimental set-up is made by two separated and completely shielded basins where two parts of a common human DNA neuronal culture are monitored by EEG. Our main experimental result is that, under stimulation of one culture by means of a 630 nm laser beam at 300 ms, the cross-correlation between the two cultures grows up at maximum levels. Despite at this level of understanding it is impossible to tell if the origin of this non-locality is a genuine quantum effect, our experimental data seem to strongly suggest that biological systems present non-local properties not explainable by classical models.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 August 2004
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 5436, Quantum Information and Computation II, (24 August 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.540785
Show Author Affiliations
Rita Pizzi, Univ. of Milan (Italy)
Andrea Fantasia, Univ. of Milan (Italy)
Fabrizio Gelain, DIBIT San Raffaele (Italy)
Danilo Rossetti, Univ. of Milan (Italy)
Angelo Vescovi, DIBIT San Raffaele (Italy)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5436:
Quantum Information and Computation II
Eric Donkor; Andrew R. Pirich; Howard E. Brandt, Editor(s)

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