Towards a High Resolution Brain Map
Researchers at the University of Washington are working on mapping the connections in the human brain in higher resolution than ever before. Their research, part of the NIH-funded Human Connectome Project, contributes to a $30 million effort to better understand how different parts of the brain communicate with one another to produce behavior. Clinical applications for this research may include early detection of certain neurological disorders. To create their map, which will show detail to one and a half cubic millimeters, the university is collecting brain scan data in vivo from around 1,200 individuals across a wide range of backgrounds and ages. The map itself is not complete, but a video released this week in the New York Times gives a sneak peek at what it will look like.