3D Brain Visualizations Let People Watch Their Neurons Firing In Real-Time [Video]
Glass Brain Project takes you on a tour of your own neural networks.
Philip Rosedale, creator of Second Life, and Adam Gazzaley, a neuroscientist at the University of California San Francisco, have created a way for you to see each thought as it flies through your mind. The Glass Brain project was on display at SXSW, and gave visitors a chance to see how their brains react to different stimuli.
An impressive mix of technology is used to create the end product, which as stated on the official website includes:
MRI brain scanning to generate a high-resolution 3D model of an individual’s brain, skull, and scalp tissue, DTI (diffusion tensor imaging) for reconstructing white matter tracts, and BCILAB/SIFT to remove artifacts and statistically reconstruct the locations and dynamics of multiple sources of activity inside the brain from signals measured at electrodes on the scalp.
While Glass Brain project is a fun way to dive inside our own heads, it could also prove a useful tool in the rehabilitation of patients with brain damage. By looking at how their brain works compared with a fully-functional one, they would be able to retake control of their own mind.