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One of the objects the human brain has greatest difficulty understanding is – the human brain.

It is hard to relate the physical structures of our brain to the thoughts, memories and feelings that we experience every day. However, it is only by understanding how the brain functions normally that we can deal with the problems of when it goes wrong – when it is affected by injury, mental health illnesses such as depression, or cruel degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s or Huntington’s. A vast range of expertise is required – in imaging to map the structures of the brain precisely, in genetics to understand how mental disorders are inherited, in stem cell therapy to develop new treatment, in psychology to answer fundamental questions about our thoughts and behaviour.

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