Humans are used to perceiving the world in only three dimensions, so the astonishing claim would mean it would be forever incomprehensible to scientists.
Minds has always been a mystery to scientists with experts understanding more about the universe than how our brains truly operate.
If the new research is to be believed, it could forever put scientist’s understanding of the brain forever out of reach.
Research from the Blue Brain Project – a campaign hoping to accurately recreate man’s most powerful tool – created simulations of the brain and applied algebraic topology, an advanced form of mathematics, to their models.
Lead author Kathryn Hess explains: “Algebraic topology is like a telescope and microscope at the same time. It can zoom into networks to find hidden structures — the trees in the forest — and see the empty spaces — the clearings — all at the same time.”
They found that the brain processes information by establishing multi-dimensional neurological structures known as cliques.
The cliques form in minuscule spaces called cavities in the brain and have up to 11 different dimensions, and both the cliques and cavities disintegrate when the information has been processed.
Researcher Ran Lavi said: “The appearance of high-dimensional cavities when the brain is processing information means that the neurons in the network react to stimuli in an extremely organised manner.
“It is as if the brain reacts to a stimulus by building then razing a tower of multi-dimensional blocks, starting with rods (1D), then planks (2D), then cubes (3D), and then more complex geometries with 4D, 5D, etc.
“The progression of activity through the brain resembles a multi-dimensional sandcastle that materialises out of the sand and then disintegrates.”
Henry Markram, director of Blue Brain Project, added: “We found a world that we had never imagined.
“There are tens of millions of these objects even in a small speck of the brain, up through seven…