DOI: 10.14704/nq.2004.2.4.53

Action Potential Modulation of Neural Spin Networks Suggests Possible Role of Spin

Huping Hu, Maoxin Wu

Abstract


In this paper we show that nuclear spin networks in neural membranes are modulated by action potentials through J-coupling, dipolar coupling and chemical shielding tensors and perturbed by microscopically strong and fluctuating internal magnetic fields produced largely by paramagnetic oxygen. We suggest that these spin networks could be involved in brain functions since said modulation inputs information carried by the neural spike trains into them, said perturbation activates various dynamics within them and the combination of the two likely produce stochastic resonance thus synchronizing said dynamics to the neural firings. Although quantum coherence is desirable and may indeed exist, it is not required for these spin networks to serve as the subatomic components for the conventional neural networks.

Keywords


action potential; modulation; neural spin network; nuclear spin; brain function

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