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The brain study will be a partnership between government agencies, private foundations, and various neuroscientists, in an effort to discover exactly how neurons impact perception and consciousness.
In addition, scientists are hoping that the initiative will help them gain insight into brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
The bold government initiative could cost billions of dollars, but it is not clear at this point how much of the project will be funded with private dollars.
In his State of the Union address, President Obama cited brain research as an example of how the government should invest in the future.