A decades long research will be done on a brain activity project that President Obama has approved. According to a Feb. 18 report by USA Today, scientists will conduct in-depth studies of the brain to answer many questions about its actions, perceptions, and consciousness. The official name of the research is the "Brain Activity Map" project.
In Obama's State of the Union address last Tuesday, he said this:
"Every dollar we invested to map the human genome returned $140 to our economy -- every dollar. Today, our scientists are mapping the human brain to unlock the answers to Alzheimer's."
The New York Times wrote that the Obama brain activity project will "do for the brain what the Human Genome Project did for genetics."
Federal agencies, private foundations, and teams of scientists hope to uncover more there is to know about the brain. They want a fundamental understanding of diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's in addition to finding new therapies for a variety of mental illnesses. There's also the potential that the project will allow for advances in artificial intelligence.
What breakthrough research will scientists discover in this elaborate project?