Open Colleges Interactive Brain Map

If you look through my posts, you can see that I cover a variety of unusual topics. Last year and earlier this year, I had a small “brainfest” that included a post about the creepy Albert Einstein brain app and an interactive brain graphic. This week I continue the cerebral celebration.

Recently, my blog caught the attention of Open Colleges, which, according to their website, is “an online education provider based in Sydney, Australia.” A representative of Open Colleges emailed me through my blog and thought I might be interested in their interactive brain map. I was so impressed with the map that I decided to do a post about it. You can experience using the map on InformED, which is a blog run by Open Colleges. Here is a link to the map: http://www.opencolleges.edu.au/informed/learning-strategies/.

Brain Map Start Page

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The Open Colleges interactive brain map features a spinning 3D brain. The major regions of the brain are mapped out with various colored dots containing plus signs. When you click on a colored dot, the brain rotates to the region you select, the selected region is highlighted in color, and more information about the selected region appears on the screen. Here are some examples:

Frontal Lobes

frontal-lobes-screenshot

Broca’s Area

brocas-area-screenshot

In addition to the cerebral cortex, you can also explore the neuron and the limbic system of the human brain.

Neuron

neuron-screenshot

Limbic System

limbic-system-screenshot

Overall, I found the Open Colleges interactive brain map to be both informative in terms of its content and fantastic to see from a web and graphic design perspective. You may need to wait a moment for the map to load, but it is worth the wait.

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