Mouse Minds Connected
A colorful matrix produced by the Duke Center for In Vivo Microscopy, demonstrates the connectivity among different regions of the mouse brain. A logarithmic color scale shows blue pixels where connectivity between 148 anatomic regions of the mouse brain are relatively low and red shows where connectivity is relatively high. Center director G. Allan Johnson says this highly detailed model of brain organization produced by diffusion MRI should provide insights into brain circuits and the origins of mental illness, such as depression and schizophrenia. The findings are published in the journal Cerebral Cortex and the lab is creating an online resource for scientists to explore the data.