March 29, 2012

Brain Image: Surprisingly Simple Structure

Stephanie Pappas, Live Science


MGH-UCLA

Stunning new visuals of the brain reveal a deceptively simple pattern of organization in the wiring of this complex organ.

Instead of nerve fibers travelling willy-nilly through the brain like spaghetti, as some imaging has suggested, the new portraits reveal two-dimensional sheets of parallel fibers crisscrossing other sheets at right angles in a gridlike structure that folds and contorts with the convolutions of the brain.

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TAGGED: Connectome, Brain Circuits, Brain Imaging

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