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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

Mental Math and the Fine-Tuning of Emotions

by Sandra J. Ackerman

Why would being good at mental arithmetic make you good at managing your feelings?

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.

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.

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.

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.



Finding the Hurt in Pain

January 20, 2017

by Irene Tracey, Ph.D.

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Brain imaging is opening our eyes to the complexity of pain, giving us extraordinary insight into the neurochemistry, network activity, wiring, and structures relevant to producing and modulating painful experiences.

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.