‘Scaffold’ map reveals brain’s weak spots

Suzanne Wu, eFoundations, Feb 11, 2014
Commentary by Stephen Downes

The good thing about this post is that it makes it clear that cognition depends on connections. And I can go along with the idea that some connections are more important than others, at least with respect to specific functions. I would hesitate to take this line of reasoning too far, as it's based on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Nonetheless it is interesting to see the map of human neural connectivist being created. I'm not sure whether the full article is accessible (I can read it from my office account) but definitely click on this network map of key parts of neural connectivity. “We coined the term white matter ‘scaffold’ because this network defines the information architecture which supports brain function,” says senior author John Darrell. “While all connections in the brain have their importance, there are particular links which are the major players.”

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