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    Brain Awareness Week is the global campaign to increase public awareness of the progress and benefits of brain research. By registering, your organization joins a global partnership committed to educating the public about the brain and the promise of brain research.

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    Cerebrum Book Review

    Shane O’Mara’s new book casts morality aside to examine whether torture produces reliable information. He reviews existing research in psychology and neuroscience to highlight the impact of torture methods on brain function. Reviewed by Moheb Costandi.

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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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Top Stories

Incorporating Sex Influences into Today’s Brain Research

Kayt Sukel

The need to incorporate sex influences in brain research is becoming more widely accepted, but how the research community should address sex as a biological variable remains hotly debated. One of our series of Briefing Papers.

Finding Clues to Schizophrenia Outside Neurons

by Ariel Y. Deutch, Ph.D.


The recent discovery of key roles of non-neuronal cells such as microglia in the development of schizophrenia opens the door to the development of new types of therapies for an illness for which we need far better treatments. One in our series of Reports on Progress.

Tracing Familial Risk of Mental Illness

By Carl Sherman

How much is genetic? How much environment? Is having a depressive mother a sentence of depression? Scientists tease out hints and hope for more to help find children at most risk.

Reforming Forensics

by Moheb Costandi

Fingerprint analysis and eyewitness testimony can be clouded by bias to the point that they incriminate innocent people, said Thomas Albright during a lecture at the Society for Neuroscience annual meeting. Neuroscience can offer possible antidotes.

Beyond Biological Heritability in Mental Health

by Kayt Sukel

Researchers at the annual Society for Neuroscience meeting describe epigenetic influences on non-human offspring of various kinds of stress, from obesity to anxiety.

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.



Understanding the Terrorist Mind

November 21, 2016

by Emile Bruneau, Ph.D.

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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

Dana Foundation David Mahoney Neuroimaging Program RFP

1/23/2017- 2/6/2017

The Beautiful Brain: The Drawings of Santiago Ramón y Cajal

1/28/2017- 5/21/2017

Weisman Art Museum

Minneapolis, MN

Neurophilosophy and the Origin of Moral Practices


University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

The Deeper Self: An Expanded View of Consciousness


The New York Academy of Sciences

New York, NY

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.