Imagine being able to design a classroom that enhanced learning or a hospital that facilitated even greater healing? These themes of perception, art and emotion have implications for our daily lives. And while the field is young, the basic perceptual neuroscience research that is in its infancy today will yield critical knowledge to inform many disciplines in the future.
Perception and evaluation of complex sensory patterns is central to human cognition and awareness, yet the underlying neural coding mechanisms are almost completely unknown. The human brain is a spectacular pattern analyzer, able to make sense of the most complex images and sounds. Human pattern cognition is so rich, varied, and intense that it is a source of aesthetic pleasure and a ground for creativity.
Imagine being able to use evidence-based knowledge about how the brain works to inform other fields of study outside of medicine. What if you could use this knowledge to inform teaching and parenting practices. What if, by explaining how we learn to children and adults, we could all become more active learners? The implications for higher achievements individually and as a society are staggering. This is precisely the goal of the Neuro-Education Initiative.
The Center for Brain Imaging (CBIS ) is one of the important resources in the growth of the Brain Science Institute at Johns Hopkins University. It provides a tremendous resource for neuroscience investigators who would benefit from incorporating imaging into their studies along with support from imaging specialists.
Epigenetics, the study of heredity not coded in DNA sequences, is at the center of modern medicine because it can help to explain the relationship between an individual’s genetic background, the environment, aging, and disease. It can do so because the epigenetic state varies among tissues and over the course of a lifetime, whereas the DNA sequence remains essentially the same.