Brain on the Web November 07

November 2, 2007

This month’s top two Web picks focus on the growing interest, within both scientific and general communities, in the ethical issues under discussion in the world of brain research. The third points to a Web resource for dealing with ICU-related delirium. These sites were active as of October 30, 2007.

  • The Law and Neuroscience Project, a collaboration among more than two dozen universities, recently received a $10 million grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to help address issues as diverse as addiction, the violent brain and persistent vegetative states. Check out the “resources” tab at for further reading.


  • We have just launched our own neuroethics page at, complete with news articles, podcasts and videos of recent events, and recommended reading.


  • “Hospitals Combat an Insidious Complication” in the Wall Street Journal of this issue mentions a Web resource run by Vanderbilt University’s ICU Delirium and Cognitive Impairment Study Group. That resource, located at, includes cognitive assessments for those who may be suffering from impairment, as well as instructional videos featuring researchers mentioned in the article.


—Ben Mauk