Monday, May 2, 2016

IT'S ALL IN YOUR MIND On NEWSWEEK MAG!!!



2016_05_06_Cover_1800 × 2400Dr. DAVID VAN ESSEN calls himself a Brain Cartographer, and he and the more than 100 scientists that comprise the HUMAN CONNECTOME PROJECT (HCP) CONSORTIUM are using the most sophisticated available technologies to peer into human skulls and gather information which will eventually lead them into a brand-spankin' new wiring diagram of the HUMAN BRAIN!!!
DMRI is used primarily to study and treat neurological disorders—but it can also give researchers a view into the abnormalities in the brain’s white matter.
A related technology, known as functional MRI, allows Van Essen and his colleagues to look at all the “fluctuations up and down”—the activity occurring in the gray matter when impulses are sent to or from brain cells. 
The CEREBRAL CORTEX however; contains one-fifth of the brain’s neurons and is believed to be responsible for most of the higher-order brain functions, like information processing, language and consciousness. Neuroscientists have discovered that certain parts of the cerebral cortex are associated with certain functions—the occipital lobe, for instance, is the visual processing center of the brain—but many of the finer details remained unmapped.
Dr. SEBASTIAN SEUNG explains in his book, Connectome: How the Brain’s Wiring Makes Us Who We Arecarving up the brain into distinct regions “will help us understand the pathologies that so often plague [the brain], as well as its normal operation.” For example, it’s expected that a better understanding of how a healthy brain is wired will lead to greater awareness of what symptoms might occur when a brain is misfired.
NEWSWEEK Journalist SUSAN SCUTTI examines how IT'S ALL IN YOUR MIND as she charts along with pioneers of BRAIN CARTOGRAPHY: MODERN-DAY EXPLORERS Are MAPPING The WIRING Of THE HUMAN MIND.

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