Non-local correlations between separated neural networks

R. Pizzi, A. Fantasia, F. Gelain, D. Rossetti, A. Vescovi

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In recent times the interest for quantum models of brain activity has rapidly grown. The Penrose-Hameroff model assumes that microtubules inside neurons are responsible for quantum computation inside brain. Several experiments seem to indicate that EPR-like correlations are possible at the biological level. In the past year a very intensive experimental work about this subject has been done at DiBit Labs in Milan. Italy by our research group. Our experimental set-up is made by two separated and completely shielded basins where two parts of a common human DNA neuronal culture are monitored by EEG. Our main experimental result is that, under stimulation of one culture by means of a 630 nm laser beam at 300 ms. the cross-correlation between the two cultures grows up at maximum levels. Despite at this level of understanding it is impossible to tell if the origin of this non-locality is a genuine quantum effect. our experimental data seem to strongly suggest that biological systems present non-local properties not explainable by classical models.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)107-117
Number of pages11
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - 2004
EventQuantum Information and Computation II - Orlando, FL, United States
Duration: Apr 12 2004Apr 14 2004


  • Coherence
  • Correlation
  • EPR
  • Microelectrode Arrays
  • Neurons
  • Non locality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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