Real World Neuroscience (RWN)


How does the brain function in the real-world, outside the constraints of the lab?


The generalizability of many previously studied cognitive phenomena has been limited by conducting the research within highly reduced contexts. Therefore, a large portion of research within this science area emphasizes data collection and utilization within more complex environments. The overarching goal of this research is to enable a stronger understanding of brain function, its connection to human-system interaction, and encapsulating factors that drive variance between individuals in real-life interactions.


Technical Barriers to understanding Neuroscience in the Real World:

The lack of portable, user-acceptable, minimally invasive, and robust systems for monitoring brain and body dynamics.

The failure to record the whole of the behavior that the brain controls, and the physical and socio-culture effects of the environment that impact brain function, in sufficient detail and across a sufficient breadth of circumstances.










Topic Area 1

Incorporation of variables from real-life contexts, such as social dynamics, daily stress, or fluctuations in sleep cycles, with novel analysis techniques in order to maximize the categorization and interpretation of key variables that explain cross-subject variance.


Topic Area 2

Understanding the relationship between ambulation in realistic tasks, the underlying brain dynamics, and our ability to separate the fundamental physiological signals from those associated with other sources.


Topic Area 3

Methods or techniques that improve our understanding of the appropriate data acquisition approaches (hardware or software) to be used for observational or experimental real-world neuroimaging.

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