FUNDAMENTALS EXPLAINED

The networks in our brain are long enough to circle the world four times, but we’re just starting to map them fully

Networks permeate every aspect of our lives, from social media to tracking traffic patterns to finding the best-recommended restaurant in a new city. However, the most mysterious of them all arguably can be found inside our skulls. The complexity and density of networks formed by brain cells, or neurons, makes even the most complicated human-made network pale in comparison. However, when it comes to making sense of this complexity of neuronal networks, opinions within the Neuroscience community differ on whether mapping all the brain’s connections is a fruitful approach to explain the brain’s function. …

Heike Blockus

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