Anyone have any ideas on what the Claustrum is doing?
The basic summary, for those unfamiliar, is that it’s a part of the brain with similar cell types to the cortex, but appears to only have one layer. It’s highly connected to every part of the cortex, as well as the thalamus and basal ganglia. There are even special cells in L6 that project specifically to the claustrum.
While not very well-studied or well-understood (it’s rather thin and hard to get at, so measuring activity is difficult), but is believed to play a significant role in conscious thought and attention. It’s sometimes also compared to an Orchestra Conductor, in that it’s believed to coordinate all parts of the cortex. Interfering with the claustrum can easily make a patient go unconscious.
Any ideas how this may play into HTM theory? I have a feeling it may play a role in the Thousand Brains Model, perhaps as a supplement to voting mechanisms, but I’m not certain.