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Your Brain on Maps  This is what your brain looks like after looking at too much cartography.

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Your Brain on Maps This is what your brain looks like after looking at too much cartography.

THIS IS WHERE IT HAPPENS: Magnified 400 times, this is a 2-Photon fluorescence image of glial cells in the cerebellum. Glial cells provide support for the brain's neurons. This image was made by Thomas Deerinck of the National Center for Microscopy and Imaging Research, University of California, San Diego. (Courtesy of Nikon Small World)

THIS IS WHERE IT HAPPENS: Magnified 400 times, this is a 2-Photon fluorescence image of glial cells in the cerebellum. Glial cells provide support for the brain's neurons. This image was made by Thomas Deerinck of the National Center for Microscopy and Imaging Research, University of California, San Diego. (Courtesy of Nikon Small World)

Betz cells, a type of pyramidal cell neurons located in the grey matter of the brain, are the largest neurons in the central nervous system, sometimes reaching 100μm in diameter.

Betz cells, a type of pyramidal cell neurons located in the grey matter of the brain, are the largest neurons in the central nervous system, sometimes reaching 100μm in diameter.

A cross-section of a mouse's hippocampus — one of the brain's memory centers — reveals its intricate network of neurons, whose soma are shown as small circles.

Inside the Brain: A Photo Journey Through Time

A cross-section of a mouse's hippocampus — one of the brain's memory centers — reveals its intricate network of neurons, whose soma are shown as small circles.

This computer simulated image shows synthetic pyramidal neurons, of optimised size, shape and connectivity, that are indistinguishable from those found in the real biological brain. Pyramidal cells are so-called as they have a pyramid-shaped cell body (soma), and are also characterised by long branching dendrites. They are found in the forebrain (cortex and hippocampus) of mammals and are thought to be involved in cognitive function.

This computer simulated image shows synthetic pyramidal neurons, of optimised size, shape and connectivity, that are indistinguishable from those found in the real biological brain. Pyramidal cells are so-called as they have a pyramid-shaped cell body (soma), and are also characterised by long branching dendrites. They are found in the forebrain (cortex and hippocampus) of mammals and are thought to be involved in cognitive function.

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