How the Human Brain Contributes to Success

Bethesda, MD (Scicasts) — Discoveries about how the human brain contributes to our success – both as a species and as individuals – are among the first fruit of projects funded under the National Institutes of Health BRAIN Initiative program as well as the Human Connectome Project. One study may help to explain the mystery of how our primate brain’s outer mantle, or cortex, was able to expand as much as 1000-fold through evolution, compared to other mammals. The other reveals that the more successful we tend to be – score higher on commonly considered positive personal qualities, such as education and income levels and life satisfaction – the more key parts of our brain tend to talk with each other when we’re not doing anything in particular. A team…


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