Human Brain Mapped in 3-D with Highest Resolution Ever
Scientists have created the highest resolution 3D digital model yet made of a human brain, showing features as small as 20 micrometres across (much better than the current models, which have accuracy of about 1 millimetre) – thinner than a human hair and almost on the scale of individual cells.
At 50 times the resolution of any available anatomical atlas of the brain “BigBrain” will give scientists their closest look yet at the structures that underlie aspects of the organ, ranging from cognition and language to ageing and disease.
Look at the adorable GIF above. What you’re seeing is nothing more than a blob of disconnected, alternating smaller blobs. So why do our brains tell us that we’re looking at a trotting Dalmatian? It’s all because of a little trick our brains are playing on us known as the Law of Closure.