Saturday, June 19, 2010

Your Brain and Your Memory in 3-D

Complete neuron cell diagram. Neurons (also kn...Image via Wikipedia
 I don't know about you but I get a little bit lost in reading neuroscience and all the different parts of the nervous system and brain.  When I read Elhonon Goldberg's book on executive function, I got so lost.  Why couldn't he have put in a few pictures periodically to guide us through the cortex?  So I was excited to see this article in the New York Times about the National Geographic's 3D brain.

"National Geographic has a fascinating cover story on memory and why brains sometimes remember things and often forget. It starts off with a woman who remembers almost every minute of every day of her life since the age of 11, as well as a man whose brain, riddled by disease, knows nothing but the present.

After you read the article, be sure and check out the cool three-dimensional Mapping Memory graphic. It’s worth clicking around the entire image, but don’t miss the “forgetting” tab. It offers an unforgettable, albeit scary, glimpse of how memory loss progresses with age. The first image you’ll see is a flurry of synapses and flying neurons that represent a 16-year-old brain. Move the slider at the bottom of the frame to see how memory gradually declines with age. Another slider allows you to see the frightening progression of Alzheimer’s."

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