It’s not exactly breaking news that the brain is the most complex part of our body. It contains all sorts of special regions that are responsible for almost every function that our body performs.
Yet, despite it’s importance, we don’t really know a lot about the human brain. Sure, we have all sorts of maps of the brain, however most of these maps haven’t been updated in a long time.
The frustration of relying on such old information in order to perform research of the future can get really frustrating for even the most patient researchers.
This is why, a team of researchers from Washington University, in collaboration with other international scientists decided to create the World’s Most Detailed Brain Map.
This map was created by taking data from the Human Connectome Project, a study that contains over 1200 individual brain scans taken with the help of a custom MRI machine.
These scans were taken in both resting and working conditions, in order to understand how the brain responds under various levels of stress.
By running this data through a machine learning algorithm developed by researchers from Oxford University, the researchers were able to identify almost 100 new regions of the brain.
In addition to these new areas, they were also able to confirm the existence of over 80 previously known areas which are responsible for various behaviors in human beings.
This new information has open virtually unlimited avenues of research in the field of biology. The beginning focus will however remain on identifying exactly what functions these parts are responsible for.
Once that is done, we might then be able to work out new ways of exploiting these parts to find new ways of manipulating the human psychology as well as physiology.