Mosaic Science | January 10, 2017
Aching, throbbing, searing, excruciating – pain is difficult to describe and impossible to see. So how can doctors measure it? John Walsh finds out about new ways of assessing the agony.
by Kevin Tobia
Aeon | December 21, 2016
When someone changes for the worse, we see a totally different person. But what happens if the change is for the better?
Gizmodo | December 21, 2016
Earlier this month, a new study came out suggesting that it’s possible to predict whether a toddler will become a criminal, based on neurological exams. The only trouble is, that’s not actually what the study found.
by Julie M. Robillard, PhD, and Judy Illes, PhD
AMA Journal of Ethics | December 20, 2016
Memory manipulation represents a particularly complex challenge for scientists, who conduct research, and for clinicians, who seek to use the results to heal patients or reduce their suffering. It also represents a challenge for ethicists who bring questions and frameworks to bear on the issues to ensure that ethical science is not hampered, that the allocation of benefits is just, that risk is mitigated in research, and that the dissemination of discoveries and new knowledge benefits society as a whole.
by Nicky Penttila
Dana Foundation blog | December 19, 2016
We report on a panel discussion from last week’s BRAIN Initiative investigators meeting, which focused on ethical questions of consciousness, identity, and guidelines for future research
Mosaic | December 13, 2016
Shayla Love’s mother and grandparents lived through China’s Cultural Revolution – now she wants to know what biological traces of their trauma she carries within her today.
Discover Magazine Neuroskeptic Blog | December 8, 2016
When you’re doing two things at once – like listening to the radio while driving – your brain organizes itself into two, functionally independent networks, almost as if you temporarily have two brains, according to a new study.
New York Times | December 1, 2016
In two small studies, About 80 percent of cancer patients who took one dose of psilocybin showed clinically significant reductions in both psychological disorders, a response sustained some seven months after the single dose. Side effects were minimal. In both trials, the intensity of the mystical experience described by patients correlated with the degree to which their depression and anxiety decreased.
by Alison Howell
The Conversation | November 30, 2016
It’s not possible to say that neuroscience has been “militarized” or “weaponized,” says author Alison Howell. "The dual use framework ignores how embedded neuroscience has always been with war and national defense. In doing so, it leads us to underestimate the political task at hand, both in relation to war and in relation to science."
by Nicky Penttila
Dana Foundation blog | November 22, 2016
“When it comes to mental health, all countries are developing countries," WHO's Shekhar Saxena told a massive audience during the recent Society for Neuroscience annual meeting.
by Brad Segal
Bill of Health - Harvard Law Blog | November 16, 2016
Reporting from the recent International Neuroethics Society annual meeting.
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by Helen Thomson
New Scientist | November 16, 2016
When you think about next December or last January what do you imagine? If you see calendars vividly laid out in front of you, you might be a “calendar synaesthete.” Research into the phenomena gives a clue to how we evolved the ability to mentally navigate through time and space.