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The Neuroscientist Who Wants To Upload Humanity To A Computer

Randal Koene is recruiting top neuroscientists to help him make humans live forever<p>Everything felt possible at Transhuman Visions 2014, a conference in February billed as a forum for visionaries to "describe our fast-approaching, brilliant, and bizarre future." Inside an old waterfront military …

Illuminating neuron activity in 3-D

Researchers at MIT and the University of Vienna have created an imaging system that reveals neural activity throughout the brains of living animals. …

New brain cells could be blanking out old memories, research on rodents suggests

Have you ever been told about an incident that happened when you were little that you cannot recall? Perhaps the time you had an unstoppable crying fit at the mall, ate your first piece of pizza or hit your head on the coffee table and had to get stitches.<p>This inability to remember specific events …

Neuroscience: Solving the brain

The United States and Europe are both planning billion-dollar investments to understand how the brain works. But the technological challenges are …

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There's a lot more to neuroscience than media 'neuromania'

Why do some critics refuse to accept that the solution to many mysteries of the mind will be found in the brain?<p>Neuroscience gets a lot of press. Popular media outlets run the latest story of a brain scan that predicts your political leanings (but see a sceptical response here), or which action you …

Turning Psychology Research Away From War And Towards Peace

<b>What's the Latest Development?</b><p>In an article published in the latest issue of the American Psychological Association's <i>American Psychologist</i>, …

Looking Beyond the ‘Neuro’ Revolution in Psychological Science

There are generations of scientists in every discipline that share similar sensibilities. Much like there are Baby Boomers, Gen X’ers, and …

The dark side of psychology in abuse and interrogation

This week the Institute on Medicine as a Profession (IMAP) and the Open Society Foundations (OSF) have published the most comprehensive study on the role of psychologists in the War on Terror. At 269 pages, the full report is as detailed as it is grim, concluding that American psychologists …

Was Nelson Mandela the pinnacle of human psychology?

He was regarded by many as the rarest of psychological gemstones: a self-actualised human being<p>Within a matter of hours, the death of Nelson Mandela attracted tributes ranging from the trite and prepackaged to the heartfelt and memorable. His achievements in the face of adversity notwithstanding, …

The changing face of psychology

After 50 years of stagnation in research practices, psychology is leading reforms that will benefit all life sciences<p>In 1959, an American researcher named Ted Sterling reported something disturbing. Of 294 articles published across four major psychology journals, 286 had reported positive results – …

Phineas Gage neuroscience case: True story of famous frontal lobe patient is better than textbook accounts.

1 From a virtuous foreman to a sociopathic drifter<p>On Sept. 13, 1848, at around 4:30 p.m., the time of day when the mind might start wandering, a …

A Social Brain Is a Smarter Brain

It is well established that brain games and puzzles act as calisthenics for our brains, expanding their capacity and improving their overall health. More surprising are the findings of a study led by researchers at the University of Michigan. It shows that just as effective in building cognitive …

Extreme Altruism And The Amygdala

Yesterday I had the absolute pleasure of hearing Stephanie Preston from the University of Michigan summarise neuroscience research being carried …

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Brain Mapping Confirms Patients With Schizophrenia Have Impaired Ability to Imitate

<b>Nashville, TN (Scicasts)</b> – According to George Bernard Shaw, "Imitation is not just the sincerest form of flattery – it's the sincerest form of …

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The Problem with the Neuroscience Backlash

Aristotle thought that the function of the brain was to cool the blood. That seems ludicrous now; through neuroscience, we know more about the brain and how it works than ever before. But, over the past several years, enthusiasm has often outstripped the limits of what current science can really …

The Popular Science Guide To Neuroscience

What is neuroscience?<p>Neuroscience is the study of the nervous system, which includes the brain and the spinal cord. It's a broad term encompassing numerous, more specific disciplines, including cognitive, clinical, and developmental neuroscience.<p>History<p>It has long been accepted that the brain is …

A Map for the Future of Neuroscience

On Monday, the National Institutes of Health released a fifty-eight-page report on the future of neuroscience—the first substantive step in developing President Obama’s <i>BRAIN</i> Initiative, which seeks to “revolutionize our understanding of the human mind and uncover new ways to treat, prevent, and …

Changing brains: why neuroscience is ending the Prozac era

The big money has moved from developing psychiatric drugs to manipulating our brain networks<p>The psychiatric drug age may have reached its peak. Although mind-altering medications are being prescribed in record numbers, signs of a radically new approach to understanding and treating mental illness …

Neuroscience: New angles on the brain

Technologies that probe neural circuitry could greatly advance the study of human cognition.<p>We are entering the golden age of brain science, at least …

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How to write a science feature

1. Choose your topic and length carefully<p>Be realistic about the issue you are covering - does it have enough dimensions to hold a reader's interest for a long feature? If the story can be summarised in 180 words, you don't need to write a 1,800-word feature. And anything beyond 4,000 words is a …

Make up your mind! The science behind bisexuality

'Like Jessie J, my bisexuality is just a phase. A phase that has lasted over 30 years, and through 17 years of marriage. Oh please, someone help me!' Tania Browne tries to see the “science” behind her pathetic, craven indecision<p>Are you a cat person, or a dog person?<p>Do you like Blur or Oasis, The …

How to avoid common mistakes in science writing

In science writing, as in life, a good checklist can prevent embarrassing mistakes. Here is one that will help you dodge some common pitfalls<p>The Wellcome Trust Science Writing Prize, in association with the Guardian and the Observer, is open for entries. The closing date is 11 May 2014<p>1. Are you …

White matter might matter much more than we thought

Changes in the brain's myelin distribution might be an unrecognised form of neuronal plasticity.<p>Look up ‘myelin’ in any neuroscience textbook and you’ll find something along these lines: It is a fatty substance that forms a sheath around axons, and gives the fibre bundles their white appearance …

Epigenetics 101: a beginner’s guide to explaining everything

The word ‘epigenetics’ is everywhere these days, from academic journals and popular science articles to ads touting miracle cures. But what is epigenetics, and why is it so important?<p>Epigenetics is one of the hottest fields in the life sciences. It’s a phenomenon with wide-ranging, powerful effects …

How we all could benefit from synaesthesia

Developing the mysterious condition in the 96% of people who do not have it may help to improve learning skills, aid recovery from brain injury and guard against mental decline in old age<p>Sitting in a small, computer-lined room trying to remember a succession of different-coloured words scrolling …

Are we ready for a prenatal screening test for autism?

A blood test for diagnosing autism is becoming a realistic possibility, but the ethical implications are profound<p>Autism was formally described for the first time 71 years ago. The medical notes for "Case one", a 10-year-old from Mississippi, US, referred to as Donald T, describe a perplexing …

Crowdsourcing the retina’s motion detection mechanism

A citizen science project to map neural connections in the retina may have answered the long-standing question of how our eyes detect motion.<p>A large group of gamers, working with computational neuroscientists, has produced a wiring diagram of the nerve cell connections at the back of the eye, which …

Young mice blood may hold key to age-related diseases in humans - video

New studies suggest blood from young mice has rejuvenating effects on older mice, and may lead to new therapeutic approaches to age-related diseases in humans. This particular growth factor found in young mice's blood, known as GDF11, helps to regulate the aging process in brain and muscle tissue. …