The Last Step


Not all brains are the same shape or size, however.  So Lucy’s final step at the computer is to align the functional data of all participant together and place these composite results on a template of a standard brain.  The computer changes the shape of each participant’s brain to fit the template, using exceptionally sophisticated algorithms and engineering techniques.

Only after this elaborate computer process is complete can Lucy establish which brain regions become active in all participants as they look at the photo of their lover, as they stare at the neutral individual, and as they count backwards in increments of seven.

Meticulous were the preparations; but what a thrill it was when we first looked at the human brain in love.