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Hey, doctors and med students!

I need a name for a part of the brain. Trick is, it's a part of the brain that doesn't actually exist in the real world.

In my book, there are people with superpowers who are commonly called "metahumans". Metahumans have an extra piece of brain tissue, located between the two lobes of the prefrontal cortex, in front of and slightly below the genu of the corpus callosum (putting it fairly close to the olfactory bulb).

Aside from coming up with the name of some doctor who discovered it and naming it that (Broca's Area, anyone?), what would be a good name for this bit of brain? Suggest away! Thanks. :)


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Oct. 31st, 2014 01:50 pm (UTC)
I'm not a doctor, but the name that leapt to mind was "cryptothalamus".
Oct. 31st, 2014 04:44 pm (UTC)
That's not a bad suggestion, actually. Thanks. :) I'll let you know if I use it.
Oct. 31st, 2014 04:25 pm (UTC)
How was this extra bit discovered? Did someone dissect a dead metahuman and find a little extra brain bit? Or has brain scanning of some sort been done on a bunch of live metahumans, assuming brain scanning can spot such small anatomical variations? If the history is one from which the connection with powers would be known, the name would probably reflect that.

Alternatively, it could reflect the shape; that's how the hippocampus, for example, got its name. Have you decided what shape it is?

If you want to give it a name reflecting its being a source of power, how about lararium? That's the place in a Roman house that serves as a shrine to the house lares (hero-spirits who protect the house) and to the genius of the family.
Oct. 31st, 2014 04:53 pm (UTC)
It was probably first discovered by dissection, and further dissections of the brains of deceased metahumans established at least a corrolation between its presence and metahuman powers. This was all long before MRI, though, so the fact that the "metabrain" (as I've been calling it so far) is the source of metahuman power was probably discovered when it was removed via surgery from a living metahuman, and that metahuman's powers no longer functioned.

And yes, it's macroscopic, so dissection can find it and an MRI can see it, too.

I like "larariuim", although I'd be afraid that some people would hear the "-ium" ending and assume it was a chemical element. What about "lararial cortex"?
Oct. 31st, 2014 05:55 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure about "cortex." If it's underneath the corpus callosum, does it count as part of the cortex? What about "lararial body/corpus lararialis"? Or maybe "nux lararialis" (which translates as "lararial nut," but probably the Latinate form would be preferred)?
Oct. 31st, 2014 07:19 pm (UTC)
Any of those could work. Thanks! I'll let you know if I use one of them.
Nov. 1st, 2014 03:06 am (UTC)
I was also thinking about other Latin words that could work, such as "numen" or "potens". What do you think of "locus potentialis"? That is, literally "place of power"?
Nov. 1st, 2014 03:23 am (UTC)
"Potentialis" is plausible, but I'm not sure about "locus"; I think it means more a place in the geographic sense. Maybe again "corpus," body, or "sedes," seat/throne?
Nov. 1st, 2014 03:24 am (UTC)
Okay, thanks again. :)
Nov. 1st, 2014 03:27 am (UTC)
Another adjective might be worth considering: I seem to recall that when I was doing the research for Worminghall, I ran across the phrase "the exceptive arts" for magic. Locus exceptivus might be okay for a body that (a) is not found in the normal brain and (b) is associated with powers and abilities beyond those of mortal men.
Nov. 1st, 2014 03:29 am (UTC)
Ooh. Interesting. Okay, I've got a lot to work with here. Thanks. I appreciate the input and the brainstorming. :)
Nov. 1st, 2014 07:56 pm (UTC)
To me, a small bit of bonus brain tissue seems insufficient explanation for incredible super powers. But if that extra brain tissue were actually growing into a 4th dimension, then you might convince me. (i.e. During development, certain brain cells grow beyond our 3 dimensional space, giving them all sorts of crazy abilities.) Following this logic, the 4th-dimension links would be invisible to us from our 3-dimensional viewpoint, so a meta-human dissection would reveal nothing, or at most perhaps just an identifiable pattern. Assuming the world has figured out the link-up, calling it a "Hawking Tie" or some such, might be appropriate. :p
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