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What if you could track the activity of every neuron and follow the path of every axon tract in the brain? Neuroscience would be elevated to an entirely new level! This is precisely the goal of the Human Connectome Project, a massive, multi-institution effort to map the brain’s neural connections.
In August, you will have a shot at winning Olaf Sporns‘ book Discovering the Human Connectome. If you are curious about connectomics and the intricacies of neural networks, Sporns is your man. He has written excellent reviews describing the clinical implications of network dynamics in health and disease, and his books provide the historical and scientific background you need to understand why this approach is at the forefront of neuroscience. You’ll also learn why this is such a massively difficult goal for the field.