March 29, 2012
Brain Image: Surprisingly Simple Structure
Stephanie Pappas, Live Science
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.
TAGGED: connectome, brain circuits, brain imaging