BRAIN Initiative workshop to discuss technical and conceptual advances necessary for a more comprehensive understanding of the neural basis of behavior

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The NIH BRAIN Initiative is hosting a Brain Behavior Quantification and Synchronization (BBQS) workshop online on March 1-2, 2022, from 1:00 pm – 5:30 p.m.  

Beginning today, a two-day virtual Brain Behavior Quantification and Synchronization (BBQS) workshop aims to foster discussion on how to advance a more comprehensive understanding of behavior by bringing together innovators across diverse fields, including sensor and data analysis, translational and basic cognitive neuroscientists conducting human and animal studies, evolutionary, behavioral, and social scientists, computational scientists, and ethicists.   

Workshop Goals

A primary goal of neuroscience research is to establish a causal relationship between patterns of neural activity in the brain and the behavior generated by an animal. This requires, at minimum, tools to simultaneously capture the rich dynamics of neural activity as well as the full repertoire of behaviors at high spatial and temporal resolution. Tools for recording and manipulating activity from large populations of neurons with high temporal and spatial precision have seen substantial advances in the last two decades. However, the tools necessary to observe and quantify behavior with comparable precision still lag. Moreover, a granular understanding of the neural basis of behavior requires not just tools for the simultaneous monitoring of neural activity and behavior with great precision, but also the development of rich computational models and theoretical frameworks for the data generated from such experiments. This workshop will explore how to support and develop the next generation tools and analytic approaches necessary for advancing our scientific understanding of the connections between brain activity and behavior.  

To participate in the workshop, please join the livestream using the links below. You will also be able to submit your questions during the workshop. 

For assistance, please contact Sabira Mohamed at

More details on the workshop agenda can be found at the workshop website. For those unable to join the workshop live, it will be recorded and made publicly available through NIH videocast. The BBQS concept was first presented to the BRAIN Initiative Multicouncil Working Group Meeting in August 2021 (see timestamp 1:03:33 for Dr. Holly Lisanby’s presentation on “Brain Behavior Quantification & Synchronization”).