Flying through inner space


Carl Zimmer writes in National Geographic about charting the brain now in ways that were impossible just a few years ago. “Out of these surveys, an interesting new way to look at the brain is emerging. Call it the brain fly-through. The brain fly-through only became feasible once scientists started making large-scale maps of actual neurons in actual brains. Once they had those co-ordinates in three-dimensional space, they could programme a computer to glide through it. The results are strangely hypnotic.” 

The video below is by Adam Gazzaley of the University of California at San Francisco, USA, and his colleagues, who have made it possible to fly through a representation of a thinking human brainas it thinks. The video was captured using MRI scanning, diffusion tensor imaging, and an EEG cap. 

Find out more in Zimmer’s article