What Is the BRAIN Initiative and What Will It Teach Us About Ourselves?

A revolution is brewing in neuroscience. We are on the threshold of understanding how the electrical and chemical activities of huge ensembles of nerve cells account for our thoughts, decisions, behaviors, perceptions, and emotions. Dr. Sanes will discuss the BRAIN Initiative, a public-private partnership aimed at developing the new technologies needed to speed progress. Once obtained, he believes, this knowledge will enable new approaches to neurological and psychiatric disorders. It will also affect our views of seemingly distant areas, including the law, economics, and ethics.