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    Understanding the Terrorist Mind

    Is the problem of terrorism on the rise? What is the role of social media? Is there a link between brain imaging and behavior? Can conflict resolution programs help? This month’s podcast—featuring the author of this month’s Cerebrum article, “Understanding the Terrorist Mind”—attempts to answer these questions and more. 

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    Neuroscience 2016

    The Society for Neuroscience (SfN) held its annual meeting this past week in San Diego. More than 30,000 neuroscientists and other brain-lovers took part. Follow our reporting from a number of the sessions, posted on the Dana Foundation blog.

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    International Neuroethics Society Annual Meeting

    The International Neuroethics Society (INS) held its 10th annual meeting this month, in San Diego. Check out our reports on a number of the sessions, posted on the Dana Foundation blog.

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    Design a Brain Experiment!

    The Dana Foundation invites U.S. high school students to submit their most creative brain experiment ideas to the Design a Brain Experiment Competition. Submissions must test an idea about the brain, anything from exploring alternative treatments for Alzheimer's disease to examining the effects of social anxiety. Students do not actually have to do the experiment, so think big!

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    Brain Terms Glossary

    Find definitions for common brain terms in our newly expanded glossary.

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Top Stories

Parsing the Contradictions: Marijuana and the Brain

by Kayt Sukel

In the US, many states have legalized pot use without waiting for the science. At the recent Society for Neuroscience annual meeting, researchers scrambling to catch up described possible mechanisms and potential uses for compounds found in the plant.

Mapping Spatial Navigation Abilities

by Moheb Costandi


First data from massive online way-finding game highlights differences across sex and geography. Someday, an app such as this might help identify people sliding into dementia.



What is Enough? Sensory Experience and Brain Development

by Kayt Sukel

“Over” stimulation may offer benefits and dangers, research in rodents presented at the recent Society for Neuroscience annual meeting. 

Sorting Out the Links Between Menopause and Memory Decline

by Kayt Sukel

New study suggests that memory changes in women in mid-life might be influenced by dropping hormonal levels.

Lies—Big and Small

by Guy McKhann, MD


fMRI may outperform a polygraph machine, but that doesn't mean it's 100 percent accurate. Our monthly column, by Guy McKhann, MD, in Brain in the News.


Parsing the Puzzle of Parkinson’s Genetics

by Brenda Patoine

Two decades of cumulative genetic discoveries have shed light on the heritability of Parkinson’s disease and uncovered novel pathways that could provide an explanation for the progressive neuronal degeneration associated with the disease. One of our series of Briefing Papers.

The Revival of Brain PET

by Moheb Costandi


The development of new ‘radiotracers’ that bind to different proteins has opened a window into synaptic pruning, neurogenesis in the living human brain.



Understanding the Terrorist Mind

November 21, 2016

by Emile Bruneau, Ph.D.

 Cerebrum - article

Are terrorists mentally ill or do they rationally weigh the costs and benefits of their actions? Our author traces recent advances in imaging and experimental research to determine what motivates monstrous acts.

Events and Deadlines

Design a Brain Experiment Competition for US High School Students

9/12/2016- 1/11/2017

The Dana Foundation

United States

The Beautiful Brain: The Drawings of Santiago Ramón y Cajal

1/28/2017- 5/21/2017

Weisman Art Museum

Minneapolis, MN

The Deeper Self: An Expanded View of Consciousness


The New York Academy of Sciences

New York, NY

BNA2017 Festival of Neuroscience

4/10/2017- 4/13/2017

British Neuroscience Association

Birmingham, UK

Featured Publications

You've Got Some Explaining to Do:

You've Got Some Explaining to Do: This compact book offers the reasons and information that can help scientific writers adopt new habits to be successful and happy writing for a non-science audience. Free as PDF

Featured Video

The Anxious Brain: Joseph E. Ledoux, Ph.D., at New York University, and Daniel S. Pine, M.D., NIMH, discuss how we define and study fear and anxiety, as well as possible new avenues of treatment. This Neuroscience and Society event took place October 18, 2016.