Are We Entering A Golden Age Of Neuroscience?

“We still haven’t unlocked the mystery of the three pounds of matter between our ears. That knowledge could be — will be — transformative,” President Obama said in announcing the BRAIN (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies) Initiative on April 2, 2013, at the White House. (Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images)

President Obama has committed an initial $100 million to a project called “BRAIN,” which stands for Brain Research through Advancing Neurotechnologies, to fund the development tools to study how the brain works. He says the transformative research will help us “better understand how we think and how we learn and how we remember.”

This week, Here & Now has a series of reports called “Brain Matters: Reporting from the Front Lines of Neuroscience” from contributor station WBUR. Carey Goldberg begins with an overview of what some say could be “the beginning of a golden age of brain science.”


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