Art of Neuroscience competition highlights beauty of the brain

I’ll admit that I’m a sucker for neuroscience research. Who doesn’t want to know how and why we behave the way we do? Or how a bunch of mushy grey goo can make us witty or wise? It turns out that in addition to being fascinating, neuroscience is also quite beautiful. The Stanford Neurosciences Institute recently announced the eleven finalists in their Art of Neuroscience competition, which was open to anyone studying the brain, nervous system or behavior — and the images are incredible. The finalists are posted on their website. Some images show the simple elegance of a neuron, or the intricate patterns of cells that relay visual information to the brain. Others look more like abstract art, like one that shows connections across the brain. One of my favorites…


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