fractal analysis

05/06/2012 - 20:04

Recent research indicates that a healthy mouse brain has its synapses (certain points of neural connection)  distributed according to a dimension that is not three, but rather more like 2.8. A random cloud of points inside a skull would measure out at dimension three (that is, the random points are uniformly filling a 3-dimensional volume), but in the actual mouse-brain data analyzed, one finds that because of delicate structure, the dimension is consistently less than three.