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    British-American researcher John O'Keefe and Norwegian researchers May-Britt Moser and Edvard I, Moser were awarded this year’s Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for discovering “an inner GPS, in the brain,” that makes navigation possible for virtually all creatures. The Mosers, members of the European Dana Alliance for the Brain, wrote on their research for Cerebrum in March: "Mapping Your Every Move."

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    The Lasker Foundation announced that two scientists, one a European Dana Alliance member and the other a Dana Alliance member, will share the 2014 Lasker~DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award. The award recognizes the work of Alim Louis Benabid and Mahlon R. DeLong to develop deep brain stimulation. Dr. DeLong has been the author or the subject of several Dana stories; see a sample on our blog.

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With A Little Help from Our Friends: How the Brain Processes Empathy

October 1, 2014

by Peggy Mason, PhD 

 Cerebrum - article - August 2014 - feature

Why are certain individuals born with a brain that is wired to help others? What daily habits or life experiences reinforce compassion but also selfishness, narcissism, and psychopathy? A better understanding of the neurobiological underpinnings for how the brain processes empathy could lead to more social cohesion and less antisocial harm in society.

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Cerebrum Anthology 2013

Cerebrum Anthology 2013 In this fifth annual edition, drawn from Cerebrum’s highly regarded Web edition, some of the foremost experts in brain science present their research—and their take—on issues that capture the harmony as well as the discord in the complex and evolving relationship between neuroscience and society.

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Stressing about Stress: Scientists Janice Kiecolt-Glaser of Ohio State and David Shurtleff of NIH help us better understand what our mind and body experience—good and bad—when we encounter stressful situations during an evening at AAAS in Washington, DC, on Sept. 18, 2014.