Monday, February 22, 2016

Understanding the Brain

At a recent seminar I was asked: “Why we need to understand the brain anyway?” It reminded me of a similar question on the National Science Foundation home page under “Understanding the brain: The National Science Foundation and the BRAIN Initiative.” Here is their reply:

Understanding the brain means knowing the fundamental principles underlying brain structure and function. The research required to do so will accelerate scientific discovery and innovation, promote advances in technology and bolster U.S. economic competitiveness. New neuroscience discoveries will enable us to foster brain health; engineer solutions that enhance, replace or compensate for lost function; improve the effectiveness of formal and informal educational approaches; promote learning across the lifespan and build brain-inspired smarter technologies for improved quality of life.

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