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Why Is Van Wedeen Important In Psychology

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In 2012, Carl Zimmer went to Van Wedeen as a volunteer for tests on his brain. When looking at results by using diffusion spectrum imaging, Wedeen found many right angles in the circuitry of Carl Zimmer’s brain. At the time, many scientists were skeptical at the patterns Van Wedeen found, but he knew that it was part of something important, and would continue his research. When looking at the past of our knowledge of the brain, “it’s easy to forget that for much of history we had no idea at all how it worked or even what it was” (Carl Zimmer). There have been many outstanding discoveries in neuroscience in recent history and they come from people like Van Wedeen, who continue pursuing ideas even when other may not. Jeff Lichtman
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