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Video: Sharing data invigorates brain-imaging research

by  /  16 October 2012

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One of the challenges for brain imaging is generating data from enough people to draw conclusions about the subtle features of a disorder. Large open-science ventures that allow researchers to pool their data can help clear this obstacle.

Randy Buckner, professor of psychology at Harvard University, is involved in the Brain Genomics Superstruct Project, which coordinates brain-imaging data across several independent laboratories in the Boston area. In a Viewpoint published today on, Buckner calls for a more open approach to sharing data.

At the 2012 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting, Buckner shared images made by combining the brain activity of 1,000 individuals (seen in video). 

For more reports from the 2012 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting, please click here.