A bioinformatics approach to behavioral neuroscience provides both unique opportunities and challenges for research on behavior. A major challenge has been to describe, define, and discriminate among abstract behavioral processes, in large part by distinguishing among the biological mechanisms of unique but not entirely discrete, entities of behavior. Understanding the complexity of neurobiology and behavior requires integration of data across diverse biological systems, types of data, and levels of scale. With the perspective and application of bioinformatics, we can uncover the relationships among these systems and take steps forward in realizing the common and distinct bases of psychiatric disease.
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