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Synchronized brains: Feeling strong emotions makes people's brains 'tick together'

The mass media often enjoys stoking the fires of the “nature/nurture debate,” an argument between those who believe that human behavior is largely inborn (nature) and those who believe it is largely learned (nurture). In fact, most scholars reject this forced choice in favor of the idea that nature and nurture are forces that shape each other.

the Guardianfrom the Guardian

A human brain dissection – in pictures

The human brain is an amazing thing! See it up close and DISSECTED! #addieup #brain #dissection #human #body #amazing


Atlas Gives Scientists New View of the Brain

Allen Brain Map: The Allen Institute for Brain Science has released an online atlas of the human brain which is an interactive research guide to the structure and genetic underpinnings of the mind. Any two of us are 94% alike! via WSJ. #Brain_Atlas #Neuroscience #brain-map

MIT Technology Reviewfrom MIT Technology Review

The Brain Unmasked

Diffusion spectrum imaging (DSI) uses magnetic resonance signals to track the movement of water molecules in the brain: water diffuses along the length of neural wires, called axons. Scientists can use these diffusion measurements to map the wires, creating a detailed blueprint of the brain’s connectivity.

io9from io9

164 years later, researchers map Phineas Gage's pierced brain

Generalized map of the long-range connections in a healthy human brain. The connectogram at the left displays a healthy human brain, based on averaged data from the 110 men.

With an estimated 100 billion neurons chattering to one another through perhaps a quadrillion synaptic connections, the human brain has the most intricately complicated structure and function of any object in the known universe.

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The First Map Showing All the Connections in Your Brain's White Matter

The First Map Showing All the Connections in Your Brain's White Matter. The takeaway? It works like a scaffold, researchers say — and some connections are much more important than others.

Seattle's Big Blogfrom Seattle's Big Blog

Why your brain makes you go to sleep

A new study is being conducted to find a functional explanation for why we #sleep. The working hypothesis is that deep sleep results in lulls in #brain activity, which gives the brain time to "clean-up" its glucose metabolism.

A Countdown to a Digital Simulation of Every Last Neuron in the Human Brain: Scientific American.