16 April 2010 Indications for quantum computation requirements from comparative brain analysis
Author Affiliations +
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.
© (2010) COPYRIGHT Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE). Downloading of the abstract is permitted for personal use only.
Gustav Bernroider, Wolfgang Baer, "Indications for quantum computation requirements from comparative brain analysis", Proc. SPIE 7702, Quantum Information and Computation VIII, 77020R (16 April 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.850468; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.850468
PROCEEDINGS
12 PAGES


SHARE
Back to Top