The way our brains are wired may reveal a lot about us, according to new research co-authored by scientists at Washington University in St. Louis.
For example, people with “positive” behavioral traits, such as sharp memories, many years of education and robust physical endurance, have stronger neural connections between certain brain regions than people with “negative” traits, such as smoking, aggressive behavior and a family history of alcohol abuse.
The study, published recently in the journal Nature Neuroscience, is among the first fruits of the Human Connectome Project (HCP), a $40 million brain imaging initiative funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The project is led by scientists at Washington University, University of Minnesota and Oxford University in the United Kingdom.
Describing the findings as “impressive,” Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis neuroscientist Marcus E. Raichle, MD, told Nature News that the research confirms it’s possible to “distinguish people with successful traits and successful lives from those who are not so successful” based in part on the activity and anatomy of their brains.
The featured article was originally published at Washington University’s Newsroom. The brain’s wiring is linked to good – and bad – behavioral traits