Engineering the Next Revolution in Neuroscience: The New Science of Experiment Planning

ISBN : 9780199731756

Alcino J. Silva; John Bickle; Anthony Landreth
204 Pages
141 x 209 mm
Pub date
Oct 2013
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Science is growing at a pace that exceeds our comprehension. This is no less true of neuroscience than any other discipline. Ambiguity about what is known and what has been disproven confounds researchers and hampers research planning. There are simply too many research articles and too few hours in the day for anyone to read all that is relevant, let alone distinguish the reliable results from the sketchy ones. Engineering the Next Revolution in Neuroscience explores the proposal that we can overcome these obstacles to scientific progress, and revolutionize neuroscience, by using a framework to map the experimental record. With case studies from learning and memory research, the authors show that we can construct networks of experimental research that make the state of our knowledge manifest. Armed with maps of experiments, scientists can determine more efficiently what their fields have accomplished and where the unexplored territories still reside.


Chapter 1: Navigating Neuroscience
Chapter 2: Framing Maps of Research Findings
Chapter 3: A Framework for Molecular and Cellular Cognition
Chapter 4: The Power of Convergence
Chapter 5: Ruling out the Probable to Argue for the Possible
Chapter 6: Resonating Experiments
Chapter 7: A Dream Within Reach: Building Automated Research Maps
Chapter 8: Architecture for Experimentalists
Chapter 9: The Future Science of Experiment Planning

About the author: 

AJS: Professor, Departments of Neurobiology, Psychiatry, and Psychology, Head, Center for Plasticity and Memory, and Co-Coordinator for Learning and Memory, Brain Research Institute, UCLA JB: Professor and Head, Department of Philosophy, Professor, Neuroscience Graduate Program, University of Cincinnati AL: Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Psychology, UCLA

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