Year in Review: Obama unveils brain initiative

Project to seek secrets of thinking, learning

By Laura Sanders, 16:28 PM December 12, 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 re...

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