â€œBigBrainâ€ a Small Step Toward Mapping Human Mind
Imagine taking a map of a city, shredding it into 7,400 pieces, and then putting it back together. You have to align the landmarks, fix any tear or rip youâ€™ve created in the process, and make sense of any shred you might have lost.
Now imagine doing the same to a preserved human brain. Thatâ€™s what scientists at the Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine in JÃ¼lich, Germany and the Montreal Neurological Institute in Canada did. It was a monumental undertaking, and one that will undoubtedly contribute to President Obamaâ€™s recently announced BRAIN Initiative, which stands for Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies. But when compared with the lofty goals of BRAIN, BigBrain, as this project is called, is just a small step down a very long and uncertain road.