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06/18/2014 12:30 pm ET Updated Jun 18, 2014

These Stunning Images Show The Brain's Fragile Beauty & What Happens When The Wiring Goes Awry

Ever wished you could peer inside your own brain? What's it like in there?

Complicated, that's what.

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“The human brain has more cells than there are stars in the Milky Way and these cells communicate through a thousand times as many connections," Dr. Sally Till, a research fellow at the University of Edinburgh, said in a written statement released in conjunction with the opening of a new exhibit of brain micrographs on display at Edinburgh's St. Andrew's Square. "Our goal is to understand how even small changes in these connections can have such detrimental effects on learning and memory."

The images in the exhibit--which was curated by the university's Patrick Wild Centre for Research into Autism, Fragile X Syndrome and Intellectual Disabilities and the Scottish charity Mindroom--are absolutely stunning.

“These images are simply too beautiful to be hidden away in a lab," Sophie Dow, founder of Mindroom, said in the statement. "They were created to further our understanding of the brain but they can also be viewed as stunning examples of abstract art. Our hope is that people admiring the pictures on show will also come away with a greater awareness of what it means to be affected by learning difficulties and other brain conditions."

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