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Mixed reaction to new BRAIN initiative

BRAINinitiativeMap­ping the mind—smart think­ing for brain health? (The Lancet):  ”…Will the real­ity match the ambi­tion? Reac­tion has been mixed…Given that our brains change, learn, think, remem­ber, and are shaped by our expe­ri­ences, inter­ac­tions with other peo­ple, and soci­ety, map­ping the elec­tri­cal spikes in the brain seems an overly restric­tive bio­med­ical approach to under­stand­ing the most com­plex organ in the human body. It is also doubt­ful that this approach will yield cures for con­di­tions such as Parkinson’s dis­ease and Alzheimer’s dis­ease as purported…There are also non-biomedical aspects of brain dis­or­ders that require urgent atten­tion. For exam­ple, access to psy­cho­log­i­cal treat­ments for depres­sion world­wide is woe­fully inadequate…”

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