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Putting big data to good use in neuroscience


Big data has transformed fields such as physics and genomics. Neuroscience is set to collect its own big data sets, but to exploit its full potential, there need to be ways to standardize, integrate and synthesize diverse types of data from different levels of analysis and across species. This will require a cultural shift in sharing data across labs, as well as to a central role for theorists in neuroscience research.

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Figure 1: The spatiotemporal domain of neuroscience and of the main methods available for the study of the nervous system in 2014.


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Sejnowski, T., Churchland, P. & Movshon, J. Putting big data to good use in neuroscience. Nat Neurosci 17, 1440–1441 (2014).

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