PerspectiveNeuroscience

The Brain Activity Map

Science  15 Mar 2013:
Vol. 339, Issue 6125, pp. 1284-1285
DOI: 10.1126/science.1236939

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Summary

Neuroscientists have made impressive advances in understanding the microscale function of single neurons and the macroscale activity of the human brain. One can probe molecular and biophysical aspects of individual neurons and also view the human brain in action with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or magnetoencephalography (MEG). However, the mechanisms of perception, cognition, and action remain mysterious because they emerge from the real-time interactions of large sets of neurons in densely interconnected, widespread neural circuits.