To Err Is.. Neural

Discoveries Magazine

“When servers deliver our food with a hearty “Enjoy your dinner” and we absentmindedly reply, “You, too,” we tend to realize immediately that we misspoke. Now, we know which neurons in the brain enable us to catch such momentary glitches. The identification of these brain policers—known as “error neurons”—could open the way to discovering treatments for schizophrenia, autism, memory disorders and other conditions that disrupt our brain’s ability to self-monitor.”