the brain, in pictures, in newsweek

Newsweek has a beautiful set of graphics illustrating some of the things we’ve learned about the brain in recent years. One or two of the graphics are a bit hokey (e.g., the PET slides showing the effects of a seizure don’t show the same brain slices, and it’s unclear whether the color scales are equivalent), but the arteriograph and MRI slides showing the cerebral vasculature are really amazing.

The images are excerpted from Rita Carter’s new Human Brain Book, which I’d buy in a heartbeat if I wasn’t broke right now. If you aren’t so broke, and happen to buy a copy, you should invite me over some time. We can sit around drinking hot chocolate and staring at illustrations of the fusiform gyrus. Or something.

[via Mind Hacks]