What will the future of brain science bring?

| | December 17, 2014
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The more scientists learn about the brain, the more questions arise and the more challenging the quest to understand human thinking becomes.

Now, advanced technologies are raising the chances that scientists will someday truly understand how the brain works, experts say. In a new book, “The Future of the Brain” (Princeton University Press, 2014), two neuroscientists — Gary Marcus, of New York University, and Jeremy Freeman, of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Janelia Research Campus in Virginia— present a collection of essays by some of the world’s top researchers, covering the multitude of high-tech tools that they say may turn the trajectory of brain science for good.

The book includes articles on how scientists are mapping out the brain and trying to figure out the structure of the dense wiring of its cells and the genetics that govern this structure. The essays are written by such renowned researchers as Christof Koch, a neuroscientist at the Allen Institute for Brain Studies in Seattle, and George Church, a geneticist at Harvard University.

In one of the chapters in the book, scientists including May-Britt Moser and Edvard Moser — two of the neuroscientists who received this year’s Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine for their discovery of the brain’s navigational system — describe the efforts being made to understand how the brain “computes,” or processes information.

Read full, original article: ‘The Future of the Brain’: A Time Capsule of Neuroscience

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