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March 11, 2014

Wake up, I'm Speaking: The Neuroscience of Sleep and Dreaming

It seems that everybody, from comedians, to poets, to world leaders, have something to say about sleep. So why not scientists? Sleep, or the lack of it, is the focus of considerable research in the United States, where sleep disorders and sleep deprivation have been associated with poor cognitive performance, behavioral problems, accidents, ill health and other factors that adversely affect quality of life. When we do sleep, we also dream; in fact, during a typical lifetime, people spend an average of six years dreaming. Sleep, dreaming, and the impact of medicine and society were the subject of a AAAS/Dana Public event in Washington, DC on March 11, 2014.

October 24, 2013

The Arts and the Brain: What Does Your Brain See? What Does Your Brain Hear?

When you listen to music or look at a painting, your brain is busy. Recent advances in neuroimaging allow a more sophisticated understanding of the brain processes underlying sound and vision. These topics were addressed in an AAAS/Dana public event on October 24, 2013 in Washington, DC.

September 19, 2013

Neuroenhancement: Building an Improved Human Body and Mind

Human enhancement embraces the idea that science and technology can be used to restore or expand cognitive and physical human capacities. It has received considerable public attention lately with the return of injured soldiers and the demand for prosthetic devices and with controversies surrounding the use of performance enhancing drugs. These and other topics were covered in a public event on September 19, 2013 in Washington, DC, sponsored by the AAAS and the Dana Foundation.

June 06, 2013

What Are They Thinking? Exploring the Adolescent Brain

Advances in brain research have enabled scientists to learn more about how the adolescent brain functions, from the everyday behavior of teenagers to how they cope with the challenges of disease, learning problems and social cues. These topics were covered in a public event on June 12, 2013 in Washington, DC, sponsored by the AAAS and the Dana Foundation.

April 25, 2013

Neuroscience and the Law

Advances in brain research have implications for the legal system, where they raise issues for the law, from matters relating to the admissibility of evidence to decisions about criminal culpability. This was the theme of the Neuroscience and Law event held on April 25 in Washington, DC, sponsored by the Dana Foundation, AAAS, The MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience and the International Neuroethics Society.

June 13, 2012

The Aging Brain: What's New in Brain Research, Treatment, and Policy

As researchers home in on biomarkers for the progress of dementia, how should treatment and policy change? A webcast of the inaugural event in the Neuroscience and Society Series, presented by the AAAS and the Dana Foundation.