April 11

Going Mental

Thursday’s Big Idea

Accelerating Change

A new brain imaging technique called CLARITY has enabled scientists to study intact brain tissue and analyze intact components in relation to each other. This breakthrough could speed up brain research by 10 to 100 times. 

This is the type of breakthrough that has instant change potential, transforming the way research is done in an entire field. As a group of researchers wrote in the journal Nature yesterday, "Obtaining high-resolution information from a complex system, while maintaining the global perspective needed to understand system function, represents a key challenge in biology." Challenge solved. 

  1. 1 Transparent Brain Imaging Will Ac...
  2. 2 "The First Time I Saw in 3-D."
  3. 3 Why Study Animals’ Brains?
  4. 4 Learning to See in 3-D: A Neurobi...
   
  1. Transparent Brain Imaging Will Accelerate Research 10 to 100 Times

    Transparent Brain Imaging Will Accelerate Research 10 to 100 Times

    The brain imaging technique "everyone's been waiting for" has arrived, and may speed up brain anatomy research "by 10 to 100 times."

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  2. "The First Time I Saw in 3-D."

    "The First Time I Saw in 3-D."

    Neurobiologist Susan Barry was born with strabismus, an optical condition which prevented her from developing three dimensional vision. Barry describes the first time she saw in 3-D.

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  3. Why Study Animals’ Brains?

    Why Study Animals’ Brains?

    Animal studies allow neuroscientists to study the brain at the level of individual neurons, unlike human brain-imaging studies.

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  4. Learning to See in 3-D: A Neurobiologist Rewires Her Own Brain

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    Brain imaging studies show that every time we learn a new task, we're changing our brain by expanding our neural network.

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