Best of the New 2010: People & Ideas
It’s a brain scan fit for an art museum. Technology being developed at the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging at Massachusetts General Hospital offers a new look at the intricate architecture of the human mind. As part of a federally funded project to map major pathways in the human brain, scientists are building a next-generation scanner that will show the brain’s bundles of crisscrossing fibers in ways not seen before. Ultimately, the goal is to use these images to understand whether connectivity is disrupted in disorders like schizophrenia and autism.