Researchers search for key to brain diversity

The brain is a diverse organ that forms the basis of learning, memory, behavior and personality. Structural differences in the brain among individuals can help account for differences in how we act, think and look. However, while neuroscientists in the past have been able to trace the basis of specific traits such as memory, researchers have failed to explain just how we are so cognitively and phenotypically diverse. New research conducted at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign uncovered traits in the brain that may explain our cognitive and phenotypic diversity. It was published in NeuroImage. The researchers began by using neuroimaging methods, such as Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and tests of memory, to assess several properties of the participants’ mental…


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