How Do Our Brains Semantically Map the Things We See?


At last- neurological research that doesn’t take a brain surgeon to understand it! Researchers from the Gallant Lab at UC Berkeley placed subjects under an MRI while they watched videos with thousands of items labeled by words. They were able to map which part of the brain was stimulated by each word and noticed that similar objects were grouped close to one another. With their research data, they created the first interactive map of how the brain organizes these categories. Interestingly, all of the different people shared a similar semantic map.

Charlie Rose: 13 Episodes On The Brain Series

In his excellent “The Brain Series,” Charlie Rose interviews some of the worlds foremost scientists and researchers working to uncover the secrets behind one of sciences final frontiers: the human brain. The 13, one hour episodes in the series cover subjects as diverse as decision making and mental illness, to what it means to be social. The series also explores how new knowledge is helping to treat illnesses such as Alzheimer’s and schizophrenia. Below you’ll find a trailer taste of the series, then head to to see the full episodes