Innovative brain map 'opens doors to understanding human intelligence'

11 April 2012

Scientists have been able to create a new map of the human brain, which could expand the knowledge of this vital organ.

By using data gained from 182 Vietnam veterans who had brain damage due to penetrating head injuries, a team of researchers were able to form one of the largest and most comprehensive analyses of brain structures.

The breakthrough study's lead author, Aron Barbey, believes that the findings will "open the door to further investigations into the biological basis of intelligence, exploring how the brain, genes, nutrition and the environment together interact to shape the development and continued evolution of the remarkable intellectual abilities that make us human".

Another interesting aspect from the study is the fact that it provides evidence that a person's intelligence is not controlled from one brain region but is a result of areas of the organ working in unison.

The brain map follows on from Cancer Research UK scientists suggesting that they have developed a special dye which could better identify tiny secondary tumours during a brain scan.

Posted by Edward Bartel

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