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Brain Wiring Mapped Via Super Charged MRI [Video]

The wiring your brain is more orderly than most people would imagine: instead of spaghetti mess of connections it’s actually more of an orderly grid. Check out this 3D MRI scan and accompanying article to peek inside.

Courtesy of the NIMH:

No tangles! The human brain’s connections turn out to be a an orderly 3D grid structure with no diagonals. 2D sheets of parallel fibers cross at right angles — ” like the warp and weft of a fabric.” The first pictures from the most powerful brain scanner of its kind reveal an “astonishingly simple architecture.” This diffusion spectrum image of a whole human brain came from the new Connectom scanner, part of the NIH’s Human Connectome Project.

Source: Van Wedeen, M.D., Martinos Center and Dept. of Radiology, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard University Medical School

Check out the full article at the link below.

Brain Wiring a No-Brainer [National Institute of Mental Health via Flowing Data]

Jason Fitzpatrick is warranty-voiding DIYer and all around geek. When he's not documenting mods and hacks he's doing his best to make sure a generation of college students graduate knowing they should put their pants on one leg at a time and go on to greatness, just like Bruce Dickinson. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 08/6/12

Comments (6)

  1. r

    orderly & color-coded, like the patch chords between servers, SANs & switches in my server room

  2. Cygnus

    Ah I see where MUSE have got their New Album cover idea from “The 2nd Law” its cool tho’

  3. EKMA

    @ r…where are the labels…… wonder I can’t remember where anything is anymore……..I don’t have any labels for my color-coded brain wires….it kind of reminds me how the IT guys set up all of the network wires………………..

  4. Ron

    To me it looks like someone with a colorful mohawk is having a bad-hair day in the rain. So they dump everything out of their clear satchel to use as a rain bonnet. But you can’t keep wild hairs of those colors contained . . . they break through their cell and are now running free on someone elses screen !

  5. Ushindi

    Fascinating! Thanks again for these articles.

  6. Jack

    A few of mine hive frayed heir edges. I am currently fighting Parkinson;s disease

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