Rest/full displays brain activity in real time of a subject doing…nothing.  The instructions to the volunteer were simply to rest in the scanner with eyes open. The scanner, using functional MRI, took a highly detailed 3D image of the brain every second.  Rest/full extracts just the cerebral cortex for animation. At every point on the cortex, as brain activity increases the color brightens and reddens. 

In this animation, we see the ceaseless and all-over activity of the brain even at rest. Or to put it another way, the brain is never at rest. Or in still other words, our conscious life never pauses in the unwinding and unfolding story that is each of us.

(Data courtesy of the Human Connectome Project.  Processed and visualized using Matlab, by D. Lloyd.)




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