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The study of the brain and behavior is illuminated with the discovery of invariances. Experimental brain research uncovers constancies amidst variation, with respect to interventions and transformations prescribed by experimental paradigms. Place cells, mirror neurons, event related potentials and areas differentially active in fMRI, all illustrate the pervasive role of invariances in neural systems in relation to their function. The introduction highlights the complementarity between constancy and variability in the study of neural systems, and outlines the elements of our plan to expose the mediating role of invariances between constancy and variability in behavior and neural systems.
KeywordsDiffusion Tensor Imaging Neural System Convergent Evolution Behavioral Function Modular Organization