• Question: Wat are the problems caused by brain transplant?

    Asked by 783bmay33 to Peter, Jonathan, Grace, Doris, David, Ann on 4 Jun 2019.
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      Grace Kago answered on 4 Jun 2019:

      I think that it is very technically difficult because there are so many nerves involved in the connection of our brain to the rest of the body. Can you imagine that for every single function that you are able to do, there is a signal that governs that function which is in turn decoded by your brain! Therefore, trying to connect all those connections isn’t feasible.

      Also, there is also the issue of memories and identity. If the brain is transplanted, how will memories and identity get transferred to the new person? It is a very complicated question that has many many layers and dimensions. If you are interested in neuroscience, this is certainly a big area of research!