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Data Stories | Decoding the brain

See how New York high school student Kathleen Esfahany used data from the Allen Brain Observatory to explore the organization and structure of six visual areas in the brain.


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Data Stories | Decoding the brain

“I’m interested in studying how we percieve the world around us,” said Esfahany, “especially in the visual cortex.” Data resources from the Allen Institute for Brain Science are publicly available to support scientific research and discovery worldwide.

About Allen Institute for Brain Science

The Allen Institute for Brain Science is a division of the Allen Institute, an independent, 501(c)(3) nonprofit medical research organization, and is dedicated to accelerating the understanding of how the human brain works in health and disease. Using a big science approach, the Allen Institute generates useful public resources used by researchers and organizations around the globe, drives technological and analytical advances, and discovers fundamental brain properties through integration of experiments, modeling and theory. Launched in 2003 with a seed contribution from founder and philanthropist, the late Paul G. Allen, the Allen Institute is supported by a diversity of government, foundation and private funds to enable its projects. The Allen Institute for Brain Science’s data and tools are publicly available online at

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