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“It’s like there is a continent out there . . .”

ON A QUEST TO MAP THE BRAIN’S HIDDEN TERRITORY

“It’s like there’s a continent there, and we are nibbling along the shores,’’ said Dr. Van Wedeen, a physicist and radiologist at the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Neural fibers in the brain are too tiny to image directly, so scientists map them by measuring the diffusion of water molecules along their length. The scientists first break the MRI image into ‘voxels,’ or three-dimensional pixels, and calculate the speed at which water is moving through each voxel in every direction. The researchers can infer the most likely path of the various nerve fibers (red and blue lines) passing through that spot. The result is a detailed diagram like that of the brain stem.” – Emily Singer

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Stephen Wiltshire is amazing.

Stephen Wiltshire (born April 24, 1974) is an architectural artist who has been diagnosed with autism.   Wiltshire was born in London, England to West Indian parents.  He  is known for his ability to draw a landscape after seeing it just once. He studied Fine Art at City & Guilds Art College. His work is popular all over the world, and is held in a number of important collections.

piano prodigy

The scrawny kid with the squeaky voice and Harry Potter glasses, the jazz prodigy from Sudbury whose feet didn’t reach the piano pedals when he began performing and recording, the autistic grade-schooler who dazzled everybody from Dave Brubeck to David Letterman with his keyboard wizardry, is growing up.

Matt Savage’s musical talent is amazing.   The Autism Higher Education Foundation has an article about Matt.

Over one have million people in the U.S. today have autism or some form of pervasive developmental disorder. Its prevalence rate makes autism one of the most common developmental disabilities.