GPS for the Brain: New Brain Map Developed…

GPS for the Brain: New Brain Map Developed

"We want to examine the whole brain connection, and this is the so-called connectome."

Liu and his students identified 358 landmarks throughout the brain related to memory, vision, language, arousal regulation and many other fundamental bodily operations. The new map provides a clearer picture of how different areas of the brain are physically connected and how these connections relate to basic brain function. Liu and his team examined hundreds of healthy young adults to establish the landmarks, which they call dense individualized and common connectivity-based cortical landmarks, or DICCCOL.

After extensive testing and comparison, the team determined that these nodes are present in every normal brain, meaning they can be used as a basis of comparison for those with damaged brain tissue or altered brain function.

via +Jay Dinan

More: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/05/120522115024.htm

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Usually, when you see an image of a brain lit up, it is an image of that particular brain lighting up for some very specific (and induced) reason.

The image you see in this post are pathways common to all human brains. You are seeing, for the first time, the neural architecture of cognition. This is like looking at a diagram of the organs in the body; although you might not look exactly like the picture, you have two lungs and a liver and the rest of it in your torso.

Similarly, your brain is connected in the ways highlighted below. These are the active pathways associated with a variety of different cognitive processes; this is how the brain organizes them.

I'm elaborating the point, because as recently as 20 years ago even our best scientists might have been skeptical that such a thing were even possible.

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