The connectome – a network in the brain

Verbal signals or motor activities are processed in different brain areas. But how do these centres work together when the brain tackles more complex tasks? Scientists look for connections, so-called nerve-fibre bundles. They are not visible with conventional imaging methods. Diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (DTI) is a new technique to reconstruct them. Bit by bit, a 3D atlas of all existing nerve connections in the human brain is generated: the connectome.

Concept: Starting point is a scientific computer simulation. The film tells the “story behind”.

Production: for Max Planck Society
Author: Nicola Wettmarshausen
Length: 6.10 min.

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