Brain researchers in Amsterdam have observed a double control system in the hippocampus. This double control system contributes to the memory and ensures that the brain does not `crash`, as is the case during an epileptic seizure.
The neurobiologists from the University of Amsterdam carried out their observations on the hippocampus of rats. The hippocampus probably plays an important role in converting the short-term memory to the long-term memory.
The hippocampus contains two sorts of brain cells: pyramidal cells and interneurons. Pyramidal cells are the most important cells in the hippocampus. They process incoming information and pass on information to pyramidal cells in other areas of the brain. The interneurons can control the activity of the pyramidal cells.
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