Discover THE NEUROSCIENCE BEHIND SELF REFLECTED from GREG DUNN NEURO ART

Self Reflected was designed to be a highly accurate representation of a slice of the brain and is informed by deep neuroscience research to allow it to function as a reliable educational tool as well as a work of art. In the future we will have educational kits available with images, video, and explanations suitable for instructional purposes. If you have interest, thoughts, or questions, please email me.



The Research:
After considerable discussion we settled on depicting an oblique sagittal slice of the human brain as this view provides a great deal of variety in structures, interesting circuitry, and avoids the ventricles (fluid filled cavities in the center of the brain) that would simply have appeared as holes in the brain in this view.



In order to guide the piece with the latest neuroscience research, two neuroscience undergraduate students at the University of Pennsylvania, Melissa Beswick and Carl Wittig, assisted in collecting data for each of the regions in the section from the primary literature. These data contained information about each region and its location, its neuron types, sizes, what other neurons and regions they are connected to, firing patterns, neurotransmitter type, etc. This research served as the scientific basis for the further development of the art and computation.


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