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    Neuroethics Pioneer Steven E. Hyman

    One of the leaders in the effort to organize the first neuroethics conference was Steven E. Hyman, M.D., director of the Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research at Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard University and the founding president of the International Neuroethics Society. On the 15th anniversary of the conference, “Neuroethics: Mapping the Field,” we asked Hyman to reflect on the evolution of neuroethics, the founding of the society, and more.

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    Paula Croxson Receives SfN 2017 Science Educator Award

    Q&A with Paula Croxson on science, mentors, and how telling a story about her grandmother changed her life. Dana Foundation is proud to sponsor this award.

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    Vote for your favorite Brain Awareness Week sticker design!

    We received some truly great designs and have narrowed it to five finalists. Now it's time for you to weigh in. Voting open until November 30; the top design will be the 2018 #brainweek sticker!

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Neurotransmitter Switching Affects Social Bond Formation

by Kayt Sukel

An elegant series of experiments in tadpoles traces the roots of “imprinting” social preference for family members, and finds a method to switch that preference to other families.

The Truth About Research on Screen Time

Kayt Sukel

Kids and Screentime (thmb)There’s no shortage of articles warning of the negative effects of screen time on kids’ development, but what does the research actually say? Experts weigh in, in our new Briefing Paper.



How We Decide: The Neuronal Reward Signal

by Wolfram Schultz

Wolfram_Schultz-80Using electrophysiologic measures of neuronal activity, researchers testing theories of reward and decision-making have found neuronal mechanisms in circuits including dopamine neurons, the striatum, the frontal cortex, and the amygdala that reflect reward and decisions. One in our series of Reports on Progress.

Outside-In Brain Stimulation Shows Promise in the Lab

by Carl Sherman

While deep brain stimulation involves surgery, techniques like transcranial magnetic stimulation and transcranial direct current stimulation are applied from the scalp. Evidence is growing that this outside-in approach also could help improve mental states in people with schizophrenia who have not found help in other ways.

Alcohol and the Brain: Emerging Science Raises Questions About Brain Benefits of Moderate Drinking

by Brenda Patoine

Alcohol Moderate Drinking (thmb)A recent study throws water on the popular idea that a few drinks a week can’t hurt and might help your brain. One of our series of Briefing Papers.





The First Neuroethics Meeting: Then and Now

October 31, 2017

by Jonathan D. Moreno, Ph.D., Patricia Smith Churchland, B.Ph., and
Kenneth F. Schaffner, M.D., Ph.D.

 Cerebrum - The First Neuroethics Meeting: Then and Now (feature)

On the 15th anniversary of the Neuroethics: Mapping the Field conference in San Francisco, we asked a few of the original speakers to reflect on how far the neuroethics field has come in 15 years—and where the field may be going in the next 15.

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You've Got Some Explaining to Do:

You've Got Some Explaining to Do: This compact book can help scientific writers learn and adopt new habits to be successful writing for a non-science audience. Download it for free (PDF). Also available en español (PDF)

Featured Video

To Tell the Truth: A Neuroscience & Society and International Neuroethics Society event held at AAAS in Washington, DC, on November 9, 2017. Speakers: Elizabeth Loftus, Charles Dike; discussion includes Victoria Talwar