The tricky business of defining brain functions

Nicole C. Rust, Joseph E. LeDoux

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Neuroscience has a long history of investigating the neural correlates of brain functions. One example is fear, which has been studied intensely in a variety of species. In parallel, unease about definitions of brain functions has existed for over 100 years. Because the translational impact of basic research hinges on how we define these functions, these definitions should be carefully considered.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3-4
Number of pages2
JournalTrends in Neurosciences
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2023


  • basic research
  • brain function
  • fear
  • ontology
  • scientific concepts
  • translational research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Neuroscience


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