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December, 2017

Neuroimaging Advances for Depression

By:  Boadie W. Dunlop, M.D., and Helen S. Mayberg, M.D.

(Listen to Q&A with Helen S. Mayberg, M.D.)
While neuroimaging for depression have made strides in recent years, no findings have been sufficiently replicated or considered significant enough to warrant application in clinical settings. Our authors tell us what the future may bring. Read More...

December, 2017

Matthieu Ricard and‎ Wolf Singer's Beyond the Self: Conversations between Buddhism and Neuroscience

By: Paul J. Zak, Ph.D.

In the book that is the subject of this review, two friends, one a Buddhist monk trained as a molecular biologist, and the other, a distinguished neuroscientist—offer their perspectives on the mind, the self, consciousness, the unconscious, free will, epistemology, meditation, and neuroplasticity. Read More...

November, 2017

Microglia: The Brain’s First Responders

By: Staci Bilbo, Ph.D.,  and Beth Stevens, Ph.D.

Listen to Q&A with Stevens & Bilbo)

Microglia help guide brain development and serve as immune system helpers. These cells may hold the key to understanding not just normal brain development, but also what causes a number of intractable brain disorders. Read More...

October, 2017

The First Neuroethics Meeting: Then and Now

On the 15th anniversary of the Neuroethics: Mapping the Field conference in San Francisco, we asked three 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. Read More...

October, 2017

Alan Alda’s If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face? My Adventures in the Art and Science of Relating and Communicating

By: Eric H. Chudler, Ph.D.

Alan Alda’s new book is a primer for neuroscientists who need to explain their research to the lay public. Read More...

September, 2017

The Illusion of the Perfect Brain Enhancer

By: Emiliano Santarnecchi, Ph.D., and Alvaro Pascual-Leone, M.D., Ph.D.

Listen to Q&A with Alvaro Pascual-Leone, M.D., Ph.D.)

Many questions loom over transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), a non-invasive form of neurostimulation in which constant, low current is delivered directly to areas of the brain using small electrodes.  The authors examine its potential and pitfalls. Read More...

August, 2017

Olfaction: Smell of Change in the Air

By: Richard L. Doty, Ph.D.

(Listen to Q&A with Richard L. Doty, Ph.D.)
Scientists studying smell have not only provided compelling evidence that it’s more sophisticated than previously thought, but believe that the sense of smell impacts our mood and behavior and has the potential to detect and treat some neurological disorders. Read More...

July, 2017

Joseph J. Fins’ Rights Come to Mind: Brain Injury, Ethics and the Struggle for Consciousness

By: Arthur L. Caplan, Ph.D.

The book reflects Joseph J. Fins' role as co-director of the Consortium for the Advanced Study of Brain Injury and his struggle to answer the kinds of questions that stand to shape how society treats people with brain injuries. Read More...

July, 2017

The Brain’s Emotional Development

By: Nim Tottenham, Ph.D.

(Listen to Q&A with Nim Tottenham, Ph.D.)
New research is helping scientists learn about areas that are crucial to the brain's emotional development, and how our surroundings fit into the picture. The findings could have far-reaching implications for both parents and policy-makers. Read More...

June, 2017

The Sleeping Brain

By: Chiara Cirelli, M.D., Ph.D. , and Giulio Tononi, M.D., Ph.D.

(Listen to Q&A with Chiara Cirelli, M.D., Ph.D.)
While scientists believe that sleep re-energizes the body's cells, clears waste from the brain, and supports learning and memory, much still needs to be learned about the part it plays in regulating mood, appetite and libido. Read More...

June, 2017

Eric Kandel’s Reductionism in Art and Brain Science – Bridging the Two Cultures

By: Ed Bilsky, Ph.D.

Eric Kandel’s new book focuses on reductionism as the principle guiding an ongoing dialogue between the worlds of science and art. Read More...

May, 2017

Genetics and ALS: Cause for Optimism

By: Roland Pochet, Ph.D.

While drug development has done little to slow the devastating symptoms of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), there is some good news in the fact that scientists have identified some 100 related genes and believe that genetic research offers the best hope for treatments. Read More...

April, 2017

Gut Feelings on Parkinson’s and Depression

By: Ted Dinan, M.D., Ph.D, and John F. Cryan, Ph.D.

(Listen to Q&A with Ted Dinan, M.D., Ph.D.)
Microbiota, which is the collective bacteria, viruses, fungi and other microorganisms that live in the digestive tract, may influence our health in ways that scientists are just now beginning to understand. Sometimes referred to as the “second genome” or the “second brain,” scientists now believe that the microbiota may be a way to treat any number of disorders, including Parkinson’s disease and depression. Read More...

March, 2017

The Four Pillars of Alzheimer’s Prevention

By: Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D., and George Perry, Ph.D.

(Listen to Q&A with Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D.)
While researchers continue to search for the magic pill that can prevent or halt the spread of amyloid in the brain, our authors believe that changing or modifying one’s lifestyle and attitude can make a difference in both the prevention and treatment of Alzheimer's disease. Read More...

February, 2017

Next Generation House Call

By: Jamie Adams, M.D. , Christopher Tarolli, M.D., and E. Ray Dorsey, M.D.

(Listen to Q&A with E. Ray Dorsey, M.D.)
Before telehealth can fulfill its potential to improve treatment and lower the cost of psychiatric and neurological care, an unwieldy health care system will need to adapt. Read More...

January, 2017

Examining the Causes of Autism

By: David G. Amaral, Ph.D.

(Listen to Q&A with David G. Amaral, Ph.D.)
Autism is a broad, complex, and increasingly important brain disorder. Making it especially difficult to discuss in finite, conclusive terms is the fact that there is no biological test for autism; diagnosis is based on behavior, and the only verified treatment is intensive behavior therapy. Our author examines the prenatal factors that contribute to the disorder. Read More...

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