Brain wiring shown to resemble a city grid

July 12th, 2012 § 0 comments

The brain appears to be wired more like the checkerboard streets of New York City than the curvy lanes of Columbia, Md., suggests a new brain imaging study. The most detailed images, to date, reveal a pervasive 3D grid structure with no diagonals, say scientists funded by the National Institutes of Health.

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It certainly makes more sense for things to travel in a straight line rather than a curvy one and parallel lines take up less room. This does beg the question of whether grids are more efficient by nature or if we find them to be more efficient because that’s how our brains are wired. We have a pretty strong tendency to organize things into grids1 and when someone throws a diagonal into a grid it can get super confusing. I’m looking at you Market st in San Francisco. I hate you.

  1. think spreadsheets, city streets, buildings & farms (both produce and cubicle) []

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