According to a recent study by a group of Nigerian Scientists led by Dr. Philip Njemanze of the International Institute of Advanced Research and Training at Chidicon Medical Center, Owerri, Imo State in collaboration with a group of German scientists led by Professor (Dr) Peter Brust from the Department of Neuroradiopharmacy, Institute of Radiopharmaceutical Cancer Research, Leipzig, Germany, the woman’s brain works analytically, being able to do different tasks simultaneously while the man’s brain works holistically being only able to do one thing at a time or serially.
In other words, the woman’s brain permits her to be at too many places at the same time and this looks like a quantum computer but the brain of the man does one operation after the other like conventional computer.
For long, researchers have been working on what makes the female brain process in such a simultaneous analytical manner like a quantum computer and the main obstacle to the study of quantum effects in the brain has been the phenomenon called quantum decoherence.
However, the new study by Njemanze and co-scientists in the female mouse brain, suggests that there are isolated areas of the brain capable of hosting quantum processing.
A quantum computer operates with billions of qubits – the quantum equivalent of bits of information used in conventional computers. These qubits are interconnected in a manner that they mirror each other in a process called quantum entanglement, which is equivalent to coherence.
Njemanze and his colleagues recorded the effects of polarized light on the brain of male and female mice, using a special brain imaging equipment that combined Positron Emission Tomography (PET) and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI).
The centres of vision in the brain lighted up and showed the effects where they occurred. The results reveal that male and female mice, did not process light in the same way. The males processed the light waves in the left brain while the female mice processed the light particles in the right brain area of vision.
Dr Njemanze explained their observation using the old physics theory, which states that light is a wave and a particle. The female mouse perceived the light that elicited the quantum superposition as the effects are called while the male mouse perceived light as a wave.
The study as published in the International Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Radioactive Substances, is a quantum leap in neuroscience mainly because it marks the beginning of a new decade of research into the quantum brain. It is also remarkable because it is the first clear demonstration of quantum coherence in the female brain using a simple experimental model.
Nevertheless, the key question for further research is what makes the female brain so special that it allows coherence to occur.