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Measurement Challenges in Trying to Understand Our Brain

Alegria, F.

Measurement: Journal of the International Measurement Confederation Vol. 48, Nº 8, pp. 2950 - 2962, October, 2013.

ISSN (print): 0263-2241
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Journal Impact Factor: 0,662 (in 2008)

Digital Object Identifier: 10.1016/j.measurement.2013.04.048

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I present here the briefest of summaries of what is known about the workings of the brain to an audience of non-neuroscientists. The intention is to motivate those intimately involved in instrumentation and measurement to collaborate in improving the techniques available nowadays and that will allow Man, in a not too distant future, to understand its own brain. I focus on four of the most promising methods highlighting what they can tell
us about the brain and pointing out the shortcomings that need to be addressed: magnetic resonance imaging, magnetoencephalography, two-photon excitation microscopy and scanning electron microscopy.