According to a new study, humans have higher cognition than other mammals because they possess different types of cells, and not due to having larger cells.

Published in the journal PloS Biology, the study focused on chandelier cells, so-named for their structural resemblance to an old-fashioned candlestick.

Tamas, the lead author of the study, says that the study provides new insights into the organization and function of neocortex, a brain region involved in sensory perceptions, conscious thoughts, and language.

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