Our brains are wondrous, incredible machines. They’re slower than the earliest personal computers in terms of raw processing power, yet capable of leaps of intuition and able to store a lifetime of memories that are cross-referenced and instantly-accessible at the slightest prompting. We know so very little about how they do these things, however. But imagine for a moment if we could build a complete wiring diagram of a human brain – to map in detail every one of the hundred trillion or so synapses and roughly hundred billion neurons together with all the tiniest supporting mechanisms. What might that mean, and would it even be possible?
.. Continue Reading Can we build a complete wiring diagram of the human brain?
- Brain model with maturity of 5-week-old fetus grown in a lab
- Researchers turn gray matter transparent to shed light on the brain’s secrets
- Sensor to detect Earth’s magnetic field discovered in an animal for very first time
- New therapy to help addicts put memories of meth use behind them
- Caffeine can enhance memory, new research suggests
- The brain stores memories relative to time and place of origin