grad programs

Stephan Anagnostaras stephan at
Thu Dec 21 14:37:02 EST 1995

In article <4bc796$6gd at>, nevek at (Kim
Neve) wrote:

> "Alan J. Robinson" <robin073 at> wrote:
> >By its very nature a neuroscience program is not an "integrated 
> >approach to studying the brain". 

That's because integrated approaches to studying the brain don't work :)

> I was quite surprised to read this point of view.  I consider
> neuroscience programs to be integrative, interdisciplinary programs by
> their very nature, since neuroscience is not a discipline in the same
> sense that pharmacology, say, or genetics are disciplines.  The
> _extent_ to which any one program is interdisciplinary, or offers an
> integrated approach to studying the brain, will probably depend to
> some extent on the range of interests of the faculty of that program.
> Even more important, though, is how much effort the student puts into
> creating an integrated approach for him- or herself.  If the student
> chooses to spend time doing research with somebody outside the program
> because the student thinks the research is relevant to neuroscience in
> some way, most neuroscience programs are sufficiently flexible to
> allow that.
> Kim Neve, Oregon Health Sciences University


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