Nature Neuroscience | Editorial
Focus on human brain mapping
For several decades, the neuroscience community has endeavored to understand how the brain controls our perception of the world and how we interact with it. The molecular, cellular and circuit-level mechanisms that underlie these processes have been investigated primarily in animal models. Noninvasive methods such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), electroencephalography (EEG) and magnetoencephalography (MEG) have allowed neuroscientists to complement these findings with measures of human brain responses to complex stimuli and behaviors. Nature Neuroscience presents a special issue highlighting considerations and recent developments in noninvasive techniques that improve our understanding of neural measurements in humans, bridging the gap between human and animal research in neuroscience.