The cognitive atlas: toward a knowledge foundation for cognitive neuroscience
- 1 Imaging Research Center and Departments of Psychology and Neurobiology, University of Texas, Austin, TX, USA
- 2 Human–Computer Interaction Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
- 3 National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Ames Research Center, Mountain View, CA, USA
- 4 Interactive Design, Squishymedia, Portland, OR, USA
- 5 Information Sciences Institute, University of Southern California, Marina Del Rey, CA, USA
- 6 Department of Computer Science, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, USA
- 7 Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Cognitive neuroscience aims to map mental processes onto brain function, which begs the question of what “mental processes” exist and how they relate to the tasks that are used to manipulate and measure them. This topic has been addressed informally in prior work, but we propose that cumulative progress in cognitive neuroscience requires a more systematic approach to representing the mental entities that are being mapped to brain function and the tasks used to manipulate and measure mental processes. We describe a new open collaborative project that aims to provide a knowledge base for cognitive neuroscience, called the Cognitive Atlas (accessible online at http://www.cognitiveatlas.org), and outline how this project has the potential to drive novel discoveries about both mind and brain.
Keywords: ontology, informatics, neuroimaging, cognitive science
Citation: Poldrack RA, Kittur A, Kalar D, Miller E, Seppa C, Gil Y, Parker DS, Sabb FW and Bilder RM (2011) The cognitive atlas: toward a knowledge foundation for cognitive neuroscience. Front. Neuroinform. 5:17. doi: 10.3389/fninf.2011.00017
Received: 31 March 2011; Accepted: 17 August 2011;
Published online: 06 September 2011.
Copyright: © 2011 Poldrack, Kittur, Kalar, Miller, Seppa, Gil, Parker, Sabb and Bilder. This is an open-access article subject to a non-exclusive license between the authors and Frontiers Media SA, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in other forums, provided the original authors and source are credited and other Frontiers conditions are complied with.
*Correspondence: Russell A. Poldrack, Imaging Research Center and Departments of Psychology and Neurobiology, University of Texas, 3925-B W. Braker Lane, Austin, TX 78759, USA. e-mail: email@example.com