The Dutch Brain Interface Initiative will delve into fundamental neuroscience challenges surrounding the development of effective neurotechnology. Despite decades of neuroscience research, mechanisms in brain remain shrouded in mystery and fundamental understanding of these mechanisms will lead to effective clinical implants and therapies.
The consortium wants to gain insight into the interaction between the cerebral cortex and the cerebellum. In the cerebral cortex, conscious thought processes take place whereas the cerebellum has been implicated in unconscious processes, such as control of the reflexes. Both of these structures can influence each other and are connected but exactly how they work together remains unknown.
With insights uncovered from these investigations, scientists hope to better understand complex brain disorders such as epilepsy, motor coordination disorders, schizophrenia, dyslexia, ADHD but also obsessive-compulsive disorders.