Have you ever wondered how the brain identifies a location and correlates it with our further destinations or for that instance for telling route to someone who seeks help in going from one location to another location? What it implies is that our brain has a full-fledged GPS (global positioning system) in existence for ages, maybe since the evolution of mankind, or probably much before that. This year’s Nobel Prize in Physiology/ Medicine has gone to three such scientists who have discovered the global positioning system of the brain.
Professor John O’Keefe who is a Neuroscientist at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience – UCL – UK is the recipient of this year’s Nobel Prize for Medicine/ Physiology. He also heads the Department of Anatomy in University College London, the United Kingdom. The two other recipients of this award are May-Britt Moser and Edvard Moser. Professor John O’Keefe is also recipient of prestigion Grawemeyer Award and Gruber Prize in Neuroscience, earlier in his carrier, prior to this. The three scientists have worked out on how brain functions while locating its current coordinates and further navigates to various geographic locations.