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The Genealogy of the Grandmother Cell

A BIT of A Hole in the Head


In this BIT, the neuroscientist Charles Gross considers the history of the hypothetical term “grandmother cell” and proposes an alternative explanation for the phenomenon.

About the Author

Charles G. Gross, a neuroscientist specializing in vision and the functions of the cerebral cortex, is Professor of Psychology at Princeton University. He is the author of Brain, Vision, Memory: Tales in the History of Neuroscience (MIT Press, 1998).