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Noble Prize in Physiology/Medicine 2014 awarded to Psychologists

Noble Prize in Physiology/Medicine 2014 awarded to Psychologists

Psychologists John O'Keefe (UK) and wife and husband May‐Britt and Edvard Moser (Norway) from the University of Trondheim won this year's Nobel Prize in Physiology/Medicine for discovering an “inner GPS” in the brain.

O'Keefe's pioneering work in 1971 was confirmed a generation later, in 2005, by the Mosers, making a considerable contribution to behavioural science.

This year´s Nobel Laureates receive the prize for their discoveries of cells that constitute a positioning system in the brain. They have discovered a positioning system, an “inner GPS” in the brain that makes it possible to orient ourselves in space, demonstrating a cellular basis for higher cognitive function. They discovered how the brain knows where we are and is able to navigate from one place to another. Their findings may help explain why Alzheimer's disease patients cannot recognize their surroundings.

Learn more about their research: http://www.nature.com/news/neuroscience-brains-of-norway-1.16079

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