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Serendipity and the Brain, or How We Make Great Discoveries

Version 1 : Received: 3 August 2021 / Approved: 4 August 2021 / Online: 4 August 2021 (13:17:08 CEST)

How to cite: Kondziella, D. Serendipity and the Brain, or How We Make Great Discoveries. Preprints 2021, 2021080114 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202108.0114.v1). Kondziella, D. Serendipity and the Brain, or How We Make Great Discoveries. Preprints 2021, 2021080114 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202108.0114.v1).

Abstract

Serendipity favors the prepared mind, but how does the brain make that lucky find? Analyzing the cerebral mechanisms behind an exceptional (albeit trivial) discovery, the author suggests that a combination of ‘concept cells’ and the Global Neuronal Workspace Hypothesis could explain how we make great discoveries.

Keywords

concept cells; consciousness; Global Neuronal Workspace Hypothesis

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