Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Gray Matter - White Matter

Back to Connectomes. Researchers at USC have created the first map of white-matter (think of it as vital scaffolding) connections in the human brain. Their work just published in the open-access journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, has major implications for understanding brain injury and disease. Van Horn, researcher at the USC Institute for Neuroimaging and Informatics and the Laboratory of Neuro Imaging, put it: “Just as when you remove the internet connection to your computer you won’t get your email anymore, there are white matter pathways which result in large scale communication failures in the brain when damaged.” When those white matter pathways are damaged, brain areas served by those connections may wither …  Protect your Brain!

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