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Cognitive Map

Zeiss LSM 880 Microscope with Airyscan; Imaris 3D visualization software

Shah Tauseef Bashir

Martha Gillette Laboratory

Funded by the University of Illinois

The meandering tracks across this image trace the shape of an astrocyte, a specialized type of brain cell. Astrocytes were once thought to simply support neurons, but have recently become recognized as a more central player in regulating processes in the brain. The structural complexity of astrocytes is a possible factor that affects neuronal function; more complex astrocytes are more likely involved in complex neuronal functions.