Data Visualization A visualization from one team working on the Human Connectome Project

Published on January 10th, 2014 | by Travis Korte

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Towards a High Resolution Brain Map

Researchers at the University of Washington are working on mapping the connections in the human brain in higher resolution than ever before. Their research, part of the NIH-funded Human Connectome Project, contributes to a $30 million effort to better understand how different parts of the brain communicate with one another to produce behavior. Clinical applications for this research may include early detection of certain neurological disorders. To create their map, which will show detail to one and a half cubic millimeters, the university is collecting brain scan data in vivo from around 1,200 individuals across a wide range of backgrounds and ages. The map itself is not complete, but a video released this week in the New York Times gives a sneak peek at what it will look like.

Take a look.

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About the Author

Travis Korte is a research analyst at the Center for Data Innovation specializing in data science applications and open data. He has a background in journalism, computer science and statistics. Prior to joining the Center for Data Innovation, he launched the Science vertical of The Huffington Post and served as its Associate Editor, covering a wide range of science and technology topics. He has worked on data science projects with HuffPost and other organizations. Before this, he graduated with highest honors from the University of California, Berkeley, having studied critical theory and completed coursework in computer science and economics. His research interests are in computational social science and using data to engage with complex social systems. You can follow him on Twitter @traviskorte.



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