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Massachusetts General-led Study Reveals Simple Structure Underlying Complexity of the Primate Brain
March 29, 2012
How do you build a brain? In the March 30 issue of Science, a team of investigators presented a surprising answer, reporting their discovery of a remarkably simple organizational structure in the brains of humans and other primates. Employing sophisticated mathematical analysis of advanced imaging data, they found that the pathways carrying neural signals through the brain are arranged not in a disorganized tangle, but in a curved, 3-D grid.
Massachusetts General Hospital
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