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.
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. http://www.brain-map.org/ #Brain_Atlas #Neuroscience #brain-map
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.
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.
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.