How Do Connectomes Contribute to Human Cognition?

The human brain is an extraordinarily complex network, comprising an estimated 86 billion neurons connected by 100 trillion synapses. A connectome is a comprehensive map of these links—a wiring diagram of the brain. With current technology, it is not possible to map a network of this size at the level of every neuron and synapse. Instead, researchers use techniques such as magnetic resonance imaging to map connections between areas of the human brain that span several millimetres and contain many thousands of neurons.

In a recent article in Scientific American, Associate Professor Alex Fornito of the Monash Institute of Cognitive and Clinical Neurosceiences (MICCN), explores this concept, examining how different wiring patterns contribute to differences in cognitive abilities.

Read the full article here.

For more information on Associate Professor Fornito’s research, contact him on t: 03 9902 9796, e: alex.fornito@monash.edu.