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The Human Brain Online: An Open Resource for Advancing Brain Research

The Human Brain Online: An Open Resource for Advancing Brain Research | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it

Here we describe an open online resource, the Allen Human Brain Atlas, which puts comprehensive, standardized data from multiple entire human brains into the hands of the global research community, along with tools for mining and making sense of that data. This resource opens new avenues for advancing research programs across disciplines that share an interest in the human brain—from neuroscience research programs based on functional MRI (fMRI) or neuropharmacology, for example, to comparative evolutionary studies and human genetics. The Allen Human Brain Atlas is a multimodal atlas of gene expression and anatomy comprising a comprehensive “all genes, all structures” array-based dataset of gene expression and complementary in situ hybridization (ISH) studies targeting selected genes in specific brain regions. All data are publicly available online (www.brain-map.org) along with a suite of integrated data visualization and mining tools that enable scientists to uncover connections between structure, function, and the brain's underlying biochemistry.

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Scientists create chemical 'brain': Giant network links all known compounds and reactions

Scientists create chemical 'brain': Giant network links all known compounds and reactions | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it

Scientists have connected 250 years of organic chemical knowledge into one giant computer network -- a chemical Google on steroids. 


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How digital culture is rewiring our brains

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Sydney Morning HeraldHow digital culture is rewiring our brainsSydney Morning HeraldOur brains are superlatively evolved to adapt to our environment: a process known as neuroplasticity.

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[VIDEO] Battle of the Brains - BBC Horizon

What is intelligence? The principle way that we measure intelligence, the IQ test, remains popular and convenient. Yet most psychologists agree that it only tells half the story... at most.

 

Horizon takes seven people who are some of the highest flyers in their field - a musical prodigy, a quantum physicist, an artist, a dramatist, an RAF fighter pilot, a chess grandmaster and a Wall Street trader. Each is put through a series of tests to discover who is the most intelligent?

Fascinating documentary (Video)


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A Countdown to a Digital Simulation of Every Last Neuron in the Human Brain

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Reductionist biology—examining individual brain parts, neural circuits and molecules—has brought us a long way, but it alone cannot explain the workings of the human brain, an information processor within our skull that is perhaps unparalleled anywhere in the universe. We must construct as well as reduce and build as well as dissect. To do that, we need a new paradigm that combines both analysis and synthesis. The father of reductionism, French philosopher René Descartes, wrote about the need to investigate the parts and then reassemble them to re-create the whole.

 

 


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Five Ways Neuroscience Will Change Education

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Neuroscience isn't just for scientists anymore. The way experts study how children's brains develop over time is changing education overall.

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Cooperating Mini-Brains Show How Intelligence Evolved

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Working together can hasten brain evolution, according to a new computer simulation.

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Brainy Trees, Metaphorical Forests: On Neuroscience, Embodiment, and Architecture | Neuroanthropology

Brainy Trees, Metaphorical Forests: On Neuroscience, Embodiment, and Architecture | Neuroanthropology | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it

Inspiration and interpretation are inevitable. As metaphor is basic to what we do, so emerging results in neuroscience will be taken well beyond the intentions and even meanings of their authors. Much caution and critique will be needed. Yet at the same time, I want to preserve a space for this other mantle, from science to art and humanism. To creation and design and expression.

 

A revolution based on neuroscience? No. A recognition of our bodies and experiences and senses? Yes. And thus much closer to metaphors that inspire us every day. Like HOME or WARMTH. And maybe even a tree or two.


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Physicists Find Evidence That The Universe Is A 'Giant Brain'

Physicists Find Evidence That The Universe Is A 'Giant Brain' | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
The idea of the universe as a 'giant brain' has been proposed by scientists - and science fiction writers - for decades. But now physicists say there may be some evidence that it's actually true.

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Social Network Size Linked to Brain Size

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Our brains are not as large as they are in order to provide each of us with the raw computational power to think our way out of a sticky situation, instead our brain size helps each of us to deal with the large and complex network of relationships we rely on to thrive.


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Brain Predicts Future by Looking at Past

Brain Predicts Future by Looking at Past | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
New research has shown how a certain region of the brain helps predict trends and how it sees pattern in random things.

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Brains are Different on Macs

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German researchers Ed Gronenschild and colleagues took a set of 30 brains and got FreeSurfer to estimate the size and thickness of various structures. Then they did the same thing, on the exact same brains, with a different version of the software.

They found substantial differences in regional volumes, depending upon the version of FreeSurfer used. Running the same version of the software on a Mac vs a PC also created differences, and even the version of Mac OS had an impact.


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Human brain shaped by duplicate genes

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Multiple copies of a gene may have boosted the computational power of our ancestors' brains.

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Human Brain Reveals New Type of Stem Cell

Human Brain Reveals New Type of Stem Cell | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it

Scientists may have discovered one of the sources of new neurons. For a long time the human brain was thought to be unable to produce new nerve cells during one's life, but that was proven false in recent years. Now, experts find where the new neurons originate.


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Why Emotions Are Attention-getters

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Nerve cells from the brain’s emotion hub talk directly to a region that doles out attention, a study of monkeys shows. The connection, described in the April 11 Journal of Neuroscience, may help explain how people automatically focus on emotional events.

 

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