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Connectome: How the Brain's Wiring Makes Us Who We Are

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Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Neuroscientist Sebastian Seung discusses his book *Connectome: How the Brain's Wiring Makes Us Who We Are*. Seung is at the forefront of a revolution in neuroscience. He believes that our identity lies not in our genes, but in the connections between our brain cells' and our own particular wiring. Seung and a dedicated group of researchers are leading the effort to map these connections, neuron by neuron, synapse by synapse -- a development previously unobtainable due to the incredible computing power needed. The result would be a map of the brain's activity referred to as the ""connectome"", analogous to the genome. Seung and his colleagues hope to reveal a more complete understanding of the brain's workings, uncovering the basis of personality, identity, intelligence, memory, and perhaps disorders such as autism and schizophrenia.

The Seung Lab develops computational methods for relating brain structure to function. To establish this relationship, the often reconstruct the connectivity of the same neurons after observation of their activity via two-photon imaging. They also classify neurons into cell types that have characteristic structural and functional properties. Follow Sebastian Seung on Twitter: [@sebastianseung](https://twitter.com/sebastianseung "")