In the blogging world, Friday is typically thematic; there’s “Freaky Friday,” “Fungi Friday,” “Sex Topic Friday,” etc., etc. I’m going to deviate from this hegemony, and introduce “Neury Thursday.” It will feature spectacular photomicrographs and neuroimages from the weekly edition of the Journal of Neuroscience, which coincidentally is published on Thursdays. All of the featured neuroimages pertain to one of the articles in that week’s journal. In yesterday’s Journal of Neuroscience, researchers localized neuroanatomical morphologies, including an enlarged insula, cerebellar vermis, and substantia nigra, that predispose individuals to bipolar disorder.
The provided neuroimage shows activity in these areas and is reminscent of Van Gogh’s impressionistic painting style; Van Gogh was an infamous victim of bipolar disorder. In fact, some of the world’s most revered artists and composers, including Van Gogh, Edgar Allan Poe, Beethoven, and Carrie Fisher also suffered from this neuropathology. Causation or Correlation?