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I was very interested in discovering how people picture their mind, what it 'looks' like inside their head, so we created the opportunity for everyone to portray their 'sense of self' in the form of a simple sketch of their physical brain. The drawing tool is simple, intuitive, and easy to use. Follow this link to draw your brain!



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What happens to the brains of an audience while they are experiencing a performance on stage? What if the actors could delicately weave new patterns in the brains of their audience to make them feel and remember the emotions that the characters in a play wish to convey? In fact, this is very likely what happens during a theater performance; and if the play is about a brain, then the effect is even more dramatic.


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I am delighted to announce the e-publication of The Brain Observatory’s ‘Concise Digital Atlas of the Human Brain.’ The digital plates are meant to provide a quick guide through the brain. We did not over-concern ourselves with fancy graphics and cool user interfaces; rather we planned for the images to speak for themselves. In this respect, the atlas is far from being ‘concise’.


Please complete this screening form if you would like to participate in the Digital Brain Library project. You may also complete the form on behalf of a family member or friend if you are the next of kin or you hold durable power of attorney (see definitions below). The form will provide us with the necessary information to evaluate candidates based on our study criteria. Once the screening form has been submitted, we will review your information and contact you within 2 working days by email or by phone. If the potential donor is eligible to participate in the study, we will send you the necessary study materials, including consent forms and research questionnaires. All information will be kept confidential and used exclusively for screening by trained staff at The Brain Observatory. If your case is not eligible for the study, we shall let you know and all information entered via the form will be permanently erased. Thank you for your interest in the Digital Brain Library Project and The Brain Observatory.


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On the new program “Health Matters: Your Own Personal Brain Map,” host David Granet interviewed


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The Brain Observatory website wins the 2011 Labby Multimedia Awards!


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The developing brain needs energy so we brought a nourishing Italian menu to the toddlers at the UCSD preschool.


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We have previously acquired high-resolution MRI scans of the brain, and the cutting procedure will hopefully result in a complete series of giant histological sections that will be treated to view and measure cellular-level features in the whole brain. This work is conducted in collaboration with Dr. Sam Ridgway of the National Marine Mammal Foundation.