The Nobel Prize for physiology or medicine has been awarded to three scientists who discovered the brain’s “GPS system,” the BBC reports.
UK-based researcher Prof John O’Keefe as well as May-Britt Moser and Edvard Moser share the award.
They discovered how the brain knows where we are and is able to navigate from one place to another.
Their findings may help explain why in Alzheimer’s disease patients cannot recognise their surroundings.
“The discoveries have solved a problem that has occupied philosophers and scientists for centuries,” the Nobel Assembly said.
John O’Keefe, 75, an American-British professor of cognitive neuroscience at University College London; May-Britt Moser, 51, and Edvard Moser, 52, a married team of neuroscientists at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim.