The intelligence community often monitors global trends in scientific and technological research to identify advances that could affect national security. Few intelligence analysts, however, have the scientific training needed to recognize significant advances in esoteric fields, such as cognitive neuroscience. A new report from the National Research Council, EMERGING COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE AND RELATED TECHNOLOGIES, identifies the areas of neuroscience research that analysts should focus on, and describes how advances in these areas could impact national security. The report also presents a framework the intelligence community should use in the future when assessing which areas of neuroscience research warrant continued tracking.
Source: National Academy of Sciences