Mapping the Brain

Source: Business Insider, Jul 2016

By combining data from a handful of imaging techniques, an international coalition of researchers has created one of the most precise maps of the human brain ever seen. The new map, published Wednesday in the journal Nature, divides the brain up into 180 unique brain regions, of which 97 have never been identified before.

an image created to show researchers’ progress towards creating more detailed brain maps:

In 2010, MIT neuroscientistSebastian Seung suggested in a TED talk that the traits that make us human come from what he called our “connectome” — the intricate web of robust information highways that criss-cross different parts of the brain. Our connectome is responsible for all of our thoughts, dreams, and actions.

Stated another way, “I am my connectome,” said Seung.

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