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7 ways in which the Human Connectome Project is moving the brain research needle

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The Human Con­nec­tome Project: Progress and Prospects (Cere­brum):

Under­stand­ing the human brain in health and dis­ease rep­re­sents a grand sci­en­tif­ic chal­lenge for the 21st cen­tu­ry and beyond. How does a col­lec­tion of 90 bil­lion neu­rons inter­con­nect­ed by 150 tril­lion synaps­es give rise to the extra­or­di­nary capa­bil­i­ties of human behav­ior and the amaz­ing diver­si­ty of tal­ents among the bil­lions of peo­ple pop­u­lat­ing our earth?” Keep read­ing The Human Con­nec­tome Project: Progress and Prospects over at the Dana Foun­da­tion web­site.

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A new era of brain cartography, powered by neuroimaging and machine learning

-- M GLASSER, D VAN ESSEN/WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

– M GLASSER, D VAN ESSEN/WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

Human brain mapped in unprece­dent­ed detail (Nature):

Think of a spin­ning globe and the patch­work of coun­tries it depicts: such maps help us to under­stand where we are, and that nations dif­fer from one anoth­er. Now, neu­ro­sci­en­tists have chart­ed an equiv­a­lent map of the brain’s out­er­most lay­er — the cere­bral cor­tex — sub­di­vid­ing each hemi­sphere’s moun­tain- and val­ley-like folds into Read the rest of this entry »

One more brain myth bites the dust: There’s no Male Brain, or Female Brain; There’s Human Brain

sn-genderbrainThe brains of men and women aren’t real­ly that dif­fer­ent, study finds (Sci­ence):

As soon as sci­en­tists could image the brain, they began hunt­ing for sex differences…in the new study, researchers led by Daph­na Joel, a behav­ioral neu­ro­sci­en­tist at Tel Aviv Uni­ver­si­ty in Israel, tried to be as com­pre­hen­sive as pos­si­ble. Using Read the rest of this entry »

Neuroplasticity explains why humans adapt faster than (genetically-controlled) chimpanzees

chimpanzee_human_brainsNature and nur­ture: Human brains evolved to be more respon­sive to envi­ron­men­tal influ­ences (Phys.org):

Chim­panzees are our clos­est liv­ing rel­a­tives, but what is it about the human brain that makes us so dif­fer­ent? Researchers at the George Wash­ing­ton Uni­ver­si­ty may have unearthed anoth­er piece of the puz­zle. Read the rest of this entry »

Update: Neuroscience 2.0 — Taking the brain lab to the people

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Time for Sharp­Brains’ July e‑newsletter, wrap­ping up this month’s key brain-relat­ed news and insights.

First of all, a reminder to Save the Date for 2015 Sharp­Brains Vir­tu­al Sum­mit (Novem­ber 17–19th), where lead­ing experts will dis­cuss Mon­i­tor­ing Enhanc­ing Brain Health in the Per­va­sive Neu­rotech­nol­o­gy Era (to reg­is­ter with 10% dis­count, use this code: sharp2015).

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Final­ly, we are proud to wel­come “Fit­ness mózgu” — The Sharp­Brains Guide to Brain Fit­ness, now in Pol­ish!

Have a great month of August

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