Psychedelic Treatment for Consciousness Disorders?
If the complexity of a brain’s connections is a good measure of consciousness, and if psychedelics increase connectivity, could they help people in unconscious states like coma?
Functional Imaging of the Fetal Brain
Results from improved techniques—including finding brain tissue in a moving fetus in moving amniotic fluid—add to the argument that the seeds of some disorders are present before birth.
fMRI: Still Not a Mind Reader
Advances in fMRI and other brain scanning tech enable researchers to “decode” brain activity with increasing accuracy, but ethical concerns remain.
Dementia and Gum Disease
Dismissed by scientists for decades, the idea that infection might contribute to the development of Alzheimer’s disease gains traction.
Another Setback for Parkinson’s Treatment
While a new method to infuse the putamen with the protein GDNF has mixed success in one small trial, it might work for other treatments.
Synapse Loss in Schizophrenia?
Microglia derived from schizophrenic patients engulfed more synapses than those derived from people without the disorder, and all the microglia preferred patient-derived synapses.
Using Neuroscience Evidence to Argue Against Solitary Confinement
From scathing reports to court cases, advocates at a Society for Neuroscience meeting describe their efforts to end the mentally harmful practice of confining people.
Technology and Addiction Take Center Stage at Neuroethics Meeting
Key topics at this year's International Neuroethics Society meeting include rapid technological advances and addiction, featuring a lecture by Tom Insel, M.D., on mental healthcare data.
What is ‘Well’?Report from FENS Forum of Neuroscience
Are we using the right standards when judging whether a psychiatric intervention, such as deep brain stimulation, is working, asked neurologist Helen Mayberg during the EDAB Special Lecture
Thinking Outside the Box About MemoryReport from FENS Forum of Neuroscience
Researcher Eleanor Maguire argues that long-term storage of autobiographical memories is done by the vmPFC, part of the prefrontal cortex, while the hippocampus plays a subordinate but critical role.