What’s The Answer? (brain connectome)

This week’s highlighted item lets you find answers in brains. What do the brain connections look like in 3D? I love 3D brain maps–not in a zombie manner, just in an astonishing complexity manner. And although this is a different type of computational resource than we usually explore, I thought it was interesting.

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Tool: Budapest Reference Connectome: a 3D visualization tool to browse connections in the human brain

I am pleased to announce a new tool in neuroscience (connectomics): Budapest Reference Connectome a 3D visualization tool to browse connections in the human (consensus) brain.

The connectome has 1015 nodes, but those corresponding to the same larger cerebral area are drawn at the same spot, for a cleaner view. You can use your mouse to zoom and rotate, and and if you click a node you can see only connections of that node.

We welcome any comment, question and suggestion.

[couple of sample images are included over there]

Csaba Kerepesi

The idea of the “human consensus brain” makes me giggle. We could really use that. But as if we could all agree on one! That said, you have the option of using the menus over there to load up a female brain or a male brain as well as the consensus brain. I went over and tried it out.

Another neat thing about their project is that they are using Biostar as a option for support. I think that’s really neat. I’m so over mailing lists. And yet I still have to read them all the time.

Szalkai, B., Kerepesi, C., Varga, B., & Grolmusz, V. (2015). The Budapest Reference Connectome Server v2.0 Neuroscience Letters, 595, 60-62 DOI: 10.1016/j.neulet.2015.03.071