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Template brain used to assist in the study of anatomical brain differences related to aging

May 19, 2010
Template brain used to assist in the study of anatomical brain differences related to aging and disease. [One of two related images. See Next Image.]

More about this Image Within the Laboratory of Neuro Imaging, located at the University of California at Los Angeles, a research team led by Paul Thompson and Arthur Toga have created template brains that, when compared to target brains from other normal subjects, can assist in the study of anatomical brain differences related to aging and disease. The variation in color and shape of the spheres at left indicates the magnitude and principal directions of the anatomical differences across subjects. In this model, the greatest difference is in the parietal lobe (lower right), an anticipated result since this lobe appeared much later in the evolutionary process than did more primitive brain areas that vary little from brain to brain.

This work was supported in part by National Science Foundation grant DBI 96-01356.


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