04 December 2012

Human Connectome Project

Along similar lines to yesterday's post, the Human Connectome Project looks interesting, attempting to create models of neural pathways.  Here's an article, "The Symphony Inside Your Head" by Dr. Francis Collins that discusses the project; an excerpt:
For some time, neuroscientists have been able to infer loosely the main functions of certain brain regions by studying patients with head injuries, brain tumors, and neurological diseases—or by measuring levels of oxygen or glucose consumption in healthy people’s brains during particular activities. But all along it’s been rather clear that these inferences were overly simplistic.  Now, new advances in computer science, math, and imaging and data visualization are empowering us to study the human brain as an entire organ, and at a level of detail not previously imagined possible in a living person.
Worth a look!

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