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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 a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). 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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