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Friday, March 30, 2012

Your Brain is Wired Like a Chess Board, Says Study

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Hi everyone,
We loved hearing this according to a new research - Our brain is wired like a chess board. How cool.

An article by Ted Thornhill in the MailOnline states that researchers always thought our brain was like a mass of tangled wires. However, that's changed as researchers have found the brain fibres to connect at right angles and crossing each other in directions of up, down, right and left making the whole brain system resemble the pattern of a chess board!

Van Wedeen, of Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), who led the study, said: ‘Far from being just a tangle of wires, the brain's connections turn out to be more like ribbon cables - folding 2D sheets of parallel neuronal fibers that cross paths at right angles, like the warp and weft of a fabric.

What’s more, this grid structure has now been revealed in amazing detail as part of a brain imaging study by a new state-of-the-art magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner. Read the full story here.

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