What is brain mapping?

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Brain mapping is an attempt to relate the function of the brain to its structure - in other words finding out what parts of the brain give us particular abilities. For instance, what aspect of our brain makes it possible for us to logical or creative?

When scientists map brain functions, they use imaging to watch the brain at work on various tasks. Neurobiologist Charles Wilson, of the University of Texas at San Antonio, offers an explanation of localization of function: There is part of the brain that is primarily involved with vision and other parts primarily involved with sound.

Brain mapping can take a look at what is happening in various parts of the brain and also can examine how our environment changes our brain - through the learning and aging processes.

Brain mapping also studies what goes wrong physically in the brain during brain diseases and mental illnesses. Brain mapping also aims to give us a comprehensive look at our brain's structure.

A complete structural map of our brain shows us our whole brain; all of its the regions, the functional lobes, the specialized centers, the thick neuron "bundles" connecting brain parts, the neuron circuits, the single neurons, the junctions between neurons and finally, the neuron parts. Scientists are still working to develop this massive map.

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