Brain Mapping


“Since the 19th century people have speculated that the essence of human identity is stored in the connections between our neurons. Today we have the technology to find out if this is true.”

This year the Human Connectome Project will begin ambitiously mapping the “large-scale connections” of 1200 human brains. By figuring out how the brain’s various regions interact, scientists anticipate “insights into how personality, memory and even consciousness are formed.”

Lisa Dusenbery is the former managing editor of The Rumpus. More from this author →