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Fiber-optic pathway neuroanatomical model

Semi-transparent grey matter, fiber optic white matter with remote activated LEDs embedded in major nuclei
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Mucking through neuro-anatomy texts is tedious, and over-taxing both my dorsolateral PFC, and my right ventrolateral PFC as I try to maintain a schematic representation of the many pathways between the cortices. My studies would be greatly facilitated were there a model of the brain comprised as described above, allowing visual representation of cortical communication.

Imagine shining a pen-light into the right optic nerve and being able to see the bifurcation of light at the optic chiasm, the bright concentration of light at the lateral geniculate nuclei of the hypothalamus and then the diffuse illumination of the visual cortices in the occipital lobe with dimmer spread of light through the dorsal stream into the parietal visual association cortices, and the ventral stream into the temporal visual association cortices.

Fibers would be colored according to the predominate neurotransmitter of the respective pathway, of course.

MikeD, Sep 30 2013

Printed Optics: 3D Printing of Embedded Optical Elements for Interactive Devices http://www.disneyre...tedoptics-paper.pdf
This tech might help with making this [mofosyne, Sep 30 2013]

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       May be quite achievable, if we can print different refractive indices of plastic via a 3D printer, so that you can have embedded 'optical pathways' for your educational brain model.
mofosyne, Sep 30 2013
  

       Software would be easier and cheaper, to be sure. But I could retain this information better if I could have the pathways represented in a model I could touch, and manual manipulate. I would pay a lot of money for this if it existed. Thanks for the buns, btw.
MikeD, Sep 30 2013
  

       (+) //Mucking through neuro-anatomy texts is tedious, and over-taxing both my dorsolateral PFC, and my right ventrolateral PFC as I try to maintain a schematic representation of the many pathways between the cortices.//   

       Yes yes-er and yes-est!
Try wading into that stuff without a background in biology and having to look up more words than not.
There is actual physical pain involved.
An interactive visual aid would be just the ticket.
  
      
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