Understanding the Brain — NSF's goal is to enable scientific understanding of the full complexity of the brain, in action and in context, through targeted, cross-disciplinary investments in research, technology, and workforce development. Understanding the Brain activities promise innovative and integrated solutions to challenges in our ability to predict how collective interactions between brain function and our physical and social environment enable complex behavior. NSF's strategic investments will support research and infrastructure designed to transform our view of who we are and how we relate to and interact with each other and our ever-changing environment.
- Researchers Use Genetics and Optics to Control Brain Cell Activity. Credit: Sputnik Animation, McGovern Institute, Ed Boyden
- Studying Fruit Fly Brains Teaches Us about Learning and Memory. Credit: J. Truman and H-H Li
- People Control Robots with Brain-Machine Interface Technology. Credit: University of Minnesota
- New Techniques Reveal the Brain's Complexity. Credit: Deisseroth Lab