Collaboration of Universities Launch New Cognitive Sciences Foundation

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A new collaborative foundation has been formed to bring the world’s best research groups together to enumerate and validate the fundamental rules underlying complex human behaviors associated with the brain and mind, and their order as well as disorders. The Brain Sciences Foundation (BSF) is comprised of a world-class consortium of institutions and organizations with an interdisciplinary structure that uses a common language of discourse based in systems modeling and dynamics to connect fundamental theoretical, computational, experimental, clinical and socio-biological components. BSF charter members include Boston University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Tufts University, Harvard University, University of Oxford, La Sorbonne, University of California Irvine and Brown University.

Brain Sciences Foundation
This unique group of top researchers provides the talent required for researching the various levels of brain activity and achieving rapid breakthroughs in the areas of the brain and mind disorders.

A new collaborative brain research foundation has been formed to bring the world’s best research groups together to enumerate and validate the fundamental rules underlying complex human behaviors associated with the brain and mind, and their order as well as disorders. The Brain Sciences Foundation (BSF) is comprised of a world-class consortium of institutions and brain technology organizations with an interdisciplinary structure that uses a common language of discourse based in systems modeling and dynamics to connect fundamental theoretical, computational, experimental, clinical and socio-biological components. BSF charter members include Boston University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Oxford, La Sorbonne and University of California Irvine.

The Foundation’s focus is medical and human-centric with the goal to lead understanding and knowledge acquisition of the laws of brain physics in order to enrich human experience in medicine. The central approach, founded on clinical methodologies but based on theoretical physics, intelligence modeling and cognitive dynamics, guides the common discourse and experimental design throughout all components of the Center. The BSF short term goal is the implementation of novel applied techniques for Deep Brain Stimulation and the treatments of Parkinson’s disease. The longer term goal is to establish a state-of-the-art toolkit for the discovery of fundamental rules underlying brain function, by combining molecular, neuroanatomical and neurophysiological techniques with functional MRI, neuropsychological, psychophysical and behavioral experiments. The tools will also include statistical, neural-network and formal modeling.

Theoretical work at the Foundation will be directed toward understanding how the brain integrates external sensory input with internal emotional states to create the perception of a coherent multidimensional world and the recognition of objects of reality and fictional existence. Specific objectives include:
1.    To understand how the brain determines and encodes properties of the surrounding environment based on sensory stimuli.
2.    To study how changing emotional states, manifested through expirations, patterns symbols and languages, modulate sensory input.
3.    To quantify the relative contribution of sensory and emotional input to overall perception as well as desisted and functional motor responses.

Dr. Newton Howard the BSF’s founder commented on the new Foundation. “To understand the brain requires investigating problems at vertically integrated levels simultaneously. Starting at the single cell and local neural network level we will be studying electrophysiological and molecular mechanism underlying the biological processes of information storage and transfer. At the brain’s coding level by we must establish computational rules for information storage and transfer. Moving up to the systems level, we need to investigate the origin of multi-scale neural network. And finally we must study at the functional level by examining the emergence of perception, recognition, and behavioral control as well as language expressed by higher intelligence and adaptation. This unique group of top researchers provides the talent required for researching the various levels of brain activity and achieving rapid breakthroughs in the areas of the brain and mind disorders.”

The Brain Sciences Foundation is a non-profit organization located in Oxford, England. For information or requests for collaboration, email the BSF today.

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