connectomics

A novel technique for rapidly mapping the epic network of connections between neurons in the brain has been developed by researchers. Infrared laser stimulation techniques were combined with functional magnetic resonance imaging in animals to generate mapping of connections throughout the brain. “This is a revolution in detecting connections in the brain. The ability to… Read more

The first complete mapping of cerebral functional lateralisation has been reported by a Franco-Italian research team. Their results show for the very first time that as well as perception, action and emotions, decision-making uses the right half of the brain more. On the other hand, symbolic communication uses the left half of the brain more… Read more

A new system for distinguishing cell types in the brain, has been announced by the Blue Brain Project. It represents an algorithmic classification method that the researchers say will benefit the entire field of neuroscience. “For nearly 100 years, scientists have been trying to name cells. They have been describing them in the same way… Read more

Brains of people at risk of psychosis show a pattern that can help predict whether they will go on to develop full-fledged schizophrenia, a new Yale-led study indicates. The findings could help doctors begin early intervention therapies for those most likely to develop the disabling disorder. Using fMRI images of people who exhibit features indicating… Read more

A quest to analyze the unique features of individual human brains evolved into the so-called Midnight Scan Club, a group of scientists who had big ideas but almost no funding and little time to research the trillions of neural connections that activate the body’s most powerful organ. The research group started in 2013 by two… Read more