Significant advances in brain research have been made, but investigators who face the resulting explosion of data need new methods to integrate the pieces of the "brain puzzle." Based on the expertise of more than 100 neuroscientists and computer specialists, this new volume examines how computer technology can meet that need.
Featuring outstanding color photography, the book presents an overview of the complexity of brain research, which covers the spectrum from human behavior to genetic mechanisms. Advances in vision, substance abuse, pain, and schizophrenia are highlighted.
The committee explores the potential benefits of computer graphics, database systems, and communications networks in neuroscience and reviews the available technology. Recommendations center on a proposed Brain Mapping Initiative, with an agenda for implementation and a look at issues such as privacy and accessibility.
Table of Contents
|Advancing Neuroscience in the Decade of the Brain||25-47|
|Overview of Neuroscience Research: A Closer Look at the Neural Hierarchy||48-65|
|Computer and Information Technology in Biomedical and Neuroscience Research||66-90|
|Building Consensus, Identifying Needs||91-112|
|The Brain Mapping Initiative: Committee Conclusions and Recommendations||113-130|
|Appendix A: Task Force Topics and Rosters||131-135|
|Appendix B: samples of Requests for Opinions||136-138|
|Appendix C: Lists of Speakers and Demonstrators in Symposia and Open Hearings||139-142|
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