The Jump-Roping Brain
Different parts of the brain work together to help us solve problems, play, and pay attention in school. Every task we do is broken down into smaller tasks that different parts of your brain are responsible for completing. To successfully accomplish these tasks, the different parts of your brain need to work together to ‘share’ information. We were interested in how information was shared while rats played a memory game, specifically information relating to where things are and what was last seen. We found that two parts of the brain, the medial prefrontal cortex and the hippocampus, had to work together for the rats to play the game correctly. When the rats played the game well, these two brain areas were synchronized, but when rats did not play the game well and got the problems wrong, these two areas were out of sync and thus could not ‘share’ their information.