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Year in Review: Obama unveils brain initiative

Project to seek secrets of thinking, learning

6:45am, December 26, 2013


A proposal to accelerate brain research may someday mark 2013 as the dawn of a golden era in neuroscience. In April, President Obama announced an ambitious plan to reveal the human brain’s secrets (SN: 5/4/13, p. 22).

“There is this enormous mystery waiting to be unlocked,” Obama said in a speech, “and the BRAIN Initiative will change that by giving scientists the tools they need to get a dynamic picture of the brain in action and better understand how we think and how we learn and how we remember.”

The effort will be funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and the

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