The Future of the Brain: Essays by the World's Leading Neuroscientists by Gary MarcusThe Future of the Brain: Essays by the World's Leading Neuroscientists by Gary Marcus

The Future of the Brain: Essays by the World's Leading Neuroscientists

EditorGary Marcus

Hardcover | November 24, 2014

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Including a chapter by 2014 Nobel laureates May-Britt Moser and Edvard Moser

An unprecedented look at the quest to unravel the mysteries of the human brain,The Future of the Braintakes readers to the absolute frontiers of science. Original essays by leading researchers such as Christof Koch, George Church, Olaf Sporns, and May-Britt and Edvard Moser describe the spectacular technological advances that will enable us to map the more than eighty-five billion neurons in the brain, as well as the challenges that lie ahead in understanding the anticipated deluge of data and the prospects for building working simulations of the human brain. A must-read for anyone trying to understand ambitious new research programs such as the Obama administration's BRAIN Initiative and the European Union's Human Brain Project,The Future of the Brainsheds light on the breathtaking implications of brain science for medicine, psychiatry, and even human consciousness itself.

Contributors include: Misha Ahrens, Ned Block, Matteo Carandini, George Church, John Donoghue, Chris Eliasmith, Simon Fisher, Mike Hawrylycz, Sean Hill, Christof Koch, Leah Krubitzer, Michel Maharbiz, Kevin Mitchell, Edvard Moser, May-Britt Moser, David Poeppel, Krishna Shenoy, Olaf Sporns, Anthony Zador.

Gary Marcusis professor of psychology and neural science at New York University. His books includeGuitar Zero: The Science of Becoming Musical at Any AgeandKluge: The Haphazard Evolution of the Human Mind.Jeremy Freemanis a neuroscientist at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute's Janelia Farm Research Campus.
Title:The Future of the Brain: Essays by the World's Leading NeuroscientistsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:304 pagesPublished:November 24, 2014Publisher:Princeton University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:069116276X

ISBN - 13:9780691162768


Table of Contents

List of Contributors ix

PrefaceGary Marcus and Jeremy Freemanxi


Building Atlases of the Brain 3

Mike Hawrylycz with Chinh Dang, Christof Koch, and Hongkui Zeng

Whole Brain Neuroimaging and Virtual Reality 17

Misha B. Ahrens

Project MindScope 25

Christof Koch with Clay Reid, Hongkui Zeng, Stefan Mihalas, Mike Hawrylycz, John Philips, Chinh Dang, and Allan Jones

The Connectome as a DNA Sequencing Problem 40

Anthony Zador

Rosetta Brain 50

George Church with Adam Marblestone and Reza Kalhor


Understanding the Cortex through Grid Cells 67

May-Britt Moser and Edvard I. Moser

Recording from Many Neurons Simultaneously: From Measurement to Meaning 78

Krishna V. Shenoy

Network Neuroscience 90

Olaf Sporns

Large-Scale Neuroscience: From Analytics to Insight 100

Jeremy Freeman


Whole Brain Simulation 111

Sean Hill

Building a Behaving Brain 125

Chris Eliasmith


The Neurobiology of Language 139

David Poeppel

Translating the Genome in Human Neuroscience 149

Simon E. Fisher

Color plates follow p. 160


Consciousness, Big Science, and Conceptual Clarity 161

Ned Block

From Circuits to Behavior: A Bridge Too Far? 177

Matteo Carandini

Lessons from Evolution 186

Leah Krubitzer

Lessons from the Genome 194

Arthur Caplan with Nathan Kunzler

The Computational Brain 205

Gary Marcus


Neurotechnology 219

John Donoghue

The Miswired Brain, Genes, and Mental Illness 234

Kevin J. Mitchell

Neural Dust: An Untethered Approach to Chronic Brain-Machine Interfaces 243

Michel M. Maharbiz with Dongjin Seo, Jose M. Carmena, Jan M. Rabaey, and Elad Alon


Neuroscience in 2064: A Look at the Last Century 255

Christof Koch and Gary Marcus

Glossary 271

Index 275

Editorial Reviews

"Massive technological advances promise rapid and profound discoveries in neuroscience, with very broad implications for our understanding of behavior, ethics, and even religion. Featuring contributions by acknowledged experts, this collection provides a fascinating look at what is happening in the 'big science' of the brain."-Michael C. Corballis, author of The Recursive Mind: The Origins of Human Language, Thought, and Civilization