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Mapping the Brain

  • By Lauren S. Aguirre
  • Posted 10.04.12
  • NOVA scienceNOW

There are many ways to look inside the brain without cutting it open, and each imaging technique has its pros and cons. The Laboratory of Neuro Imaging at UCLA has created a human brain atlas using data collected by the International Consortium for Brain Mapping from thousands of people. The goal is to understand the relationship between brain anatomy and function, to see the complex connections between different brain regions, and to be able to tell the difference between normal and abnormal variability. In addition to building a fundamental understanding of the brain, this information can help in planning surgery, developing new medications, or monitoring and treating neurological disorders.

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Use some of the same imaging techniques neuroscientists use—from MRIs to PET scans—to see inside the human brain.


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Producer and Writer:
Lauren S. Aguirre
Dan Hart
Tyler Howe, Kim Ducharme, Jessica Sun Lee
Additional Writing:
Kate Nussenbaum

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Data, images and digital resources provided by the Laboratory of Neuro Imaging at UCLA. Neuroscientific expertise provided by Dr. Ivo D. Dinov, Dr. Shantanu Joshi and Dr. Arthur W. Toga. These graphics utilize processed ICBM and ADNI data.

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