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February 7, 2013
This year’s first issue of
AJOB Neuroscience includes:
COGNITIVE ENHANCEMENT AND EMOTION
RECONSIDERING DEEP BRAIN STIMULATION
MINIMALLY CONSCIOUS AND END-OF-LIFE CARE…
January 3, 2013
I teach a course on consumer irrationality and market failure at the Fuqua School of Business. I open up one of my lectures with a brief video demonstration of what psychologists call “the McGurk effect.” (See an example here.) In the video, a ma...
April 12, 2012
The Atlantic calls him “a Timothy Leary for the Viral Video age.” Jason Silva is a self-proclaimed “performance philosopher” who presents novel ideas and even more cutting-edge messaging about biotechnology, neuroscience and bioethics.…
March 23, 2011
According to AJOB Neuroscience Editor, Paul Root Wolpe, it’s time to question the bioengineering of animals, our brains and more. Check it out.…
August 31, 2010
We have all heard the adage “cleanliness is godliness”, but according to a new study reported in Wired, cleanliness also translates into moral superiority.…
December 11, 2009
Our colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania are having another “Neuroscience Boot Camp“. To learn more, read below or click the link above.…
October 6, 2009
Who knew that “The Ministry of Silly Walks” and other such absurdities could actually strengthen our brains? Yes, it’s true.…
September 9, 2009
As it turns out, many of the things we think we forget are memories actually stored somewhere in our brains as memories we simply cannot access, say neuroscientists who have recently published a paper in Nature.…
February 24, 2009
As I read on the Triage health blog at the Chicago Tribune, deep brain stimulation (DBS) has been approved by the FDA as a treatment for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).…
January 12, 2009
The first AJOB Neuroscience issue of 2009 is now available at bioethics.net. This issue contains a Target Article by researchers from Dalhousie University who are exploring the ethical issues associated with non-clinical uses of pediatric fMRI, particularly in as it related to the educational system and legal settings.…
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May 16, 2013 5:44 pm
For people who aren’t so good at math, a mild form of brain stimulation may improve your proficiency.
February 4, 2013 1:13 pm
Neuroscientists are working toward a common goal: to increase the understanding of brain function in a way that not only opens new avenues of prevention, diagnosis and treatment for illnesses but also provides insights into the self.
November 26, 2012 5:39 pm
Whether you are an apple tree or an antelope, survival depends on using your energy efficiently. In a difficult or dangerous situation, the key question is whether exerting effort — sending out roots in search of nutrients in a drought or running at top speed from a predator — will be worth the energy.
November 2, 2012 6:32 pm
Children who take drugs to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are not at increased risk for serious heart problems, according to a new review that confirms previous findings.
November 1, 2012 4:40 pm
A family in Pueblo is remembering the life of a little boy was considered a medical miracle. Nickolas Coke has died. He’s the three year old was born without a brain. Nickolas had anencephaly, meaning he was only born with a brain stem. Most babies with that condition are still born or die shortly after birth. But Nicholas lived a remarkable life.
October 25, 2012 4:52 pm
Genetics researchers at the University of Adelaide have solved a 40-year mystery for a family beset by a rare intellectual disability - and they’ve discovered something new about the causes of intellectual disability in the process.
October 18, 2012 4:11 pm
We are now reaching a critical juncture where scientific developments in both genetics and neuroscience may soon be able to identify children with a greatly increased risk of engaging in future violent activity. Perhaps the most critical question is, what do we do with such children when we identify them?
September 13, 2012 1:31 pm
Steven Poole in the New Statesman has a fun and feisty attack–very appropriate in the memory of Thomas Szasz, one of the great warriors against the scientistic pretensions of our knowledge of the human mind–on pop neuroscience books, for grossly overstating the value of fMRI evidence, burying truistic speculation under the guise of cutting-edge science, and sheer hand-waving silliness, among other intellectual crimes.
July 5, 2012 1:10 pm
Researchers have been struggling to unfold ‘what’s under the hood’ through the lens of neuroscience and they have been finding all sorts of insights into human behavior. They have been looking at everything from how multitasking is harder for seniors to how people love talking about themselves. Neural basis of love and hatred, compassion and admiration have all been studied with fMRI, yielding colored blobs representing the corresponding love or hatred centers in our brains. But what does it all really mean?
June 22, 2012 11:46 am
One of the things I find very disturbing about the current approach to drugs, which is simply prohibition without necessarily any full understanding of harms, is that we lose sight of the fact that these drugs may well give us insights into areas of science that need to be explored and may give us new opportunities for treatment.
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