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How Do You Visualize the Brain? [Contest]


Here at Scientific American, we develop lots of infographics about the brain. From classic neural pathway diagrams, depictions of medical breakthroughs, and maps of the brain’s genetic activity, there are as many solutions for visualizing the brain as there are questions about how it works.

Now it’s your turn.

MIT’s EyeWire, FEI and Visually are sponsoring an infographic competition on the topic, and the organizations are seeking entries that visualize spatial scales in the brain. Submissions are due on April 30, 2014. For more details, including a prize list, check out the competition announcement page. (Full disclosure: I’m a volunteer judge.)

To get your neurons firing, here’s some inspiration.

The Human Brain Project intends to create a computer simulation at scales ranging from the nano to the macro. (Illustration by Emily Cooper).

The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Scientific American.

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