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The Root of Thought: Unlocking Glia—The Brain Cell That Will Help Us Sharpen Our Wits, Heal Injury, and Treat Brain Disease by Andrew Koob

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5Riding the calcium wave

Evergreen-shaped neurons, processing information with electrical sparks flying about and crackling our skulls is the current popular held belief of our brain activity. This militaristic science of the brain, with neurons firing like guns and bombarding our brain in the form of thoughts, has been under review for a couple decades. Since the 1980s, scientists discovered the smooth flow of calcium oscillations or waves. Some might think this is the advent of surfing as a popular sport, the unregimented flow of riding waves displacing the arms war of football, and the heaters thrown by pitchers in baseball. If you’ve been in the military and you’ve surfed, it’s much more likely that your brain works in the manner of the ...

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