The study of the brain has never been so popular. Here’s a rough statistic that shows it: In 2016 alone, the database pubmed.gov logged nearly 5,000 scholarly articles containing the word “neuron” in the title or abstract. In neuroscience departments everywhere, doctors, biologists, chemists, computer scientists and psychologists are working on new neuroscience research.
Even as research funding has dried up in other areas, both the European Union and the United States have launched ambitious programs dedicated to gray matter. The boom is mainly due to the new search tools with which scientists are collecting data and information in quantities unimaginable until recently.
The recent of explosion of brain research, however, has not been meet with unanimous enthusiasm. Some scientists believe the acquisition of new data and understanding of how the brain works are not proceeding hand in hand. Despite the large amount of available information, our skills in interpreting it is reduced. We know so little about the mechanisms underlying thought that we cannot even determine whether theoretical models are an accurate reflection of the actual behavior of the brain.