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March 18, 2015

Tangled up in Blue: The Complexity of Chronic Pain

Chronic pain constitutes a serious health, social and economic issue worldwide. A 2011 Institute of Medicine Report noted that more than 100 million Americans meet the criteria for a chronic pain diagnosis, which leads to more than 500 billion dollars in direct and indirect medical costs annually. This event reports on recent findings from neuroscience and medicine that are influencing views on pain management and helping guide decisions on treatments, better approaches to educating health professionals, and in policymaking.

October 28, 2014

The Science of Illusion

By studying this disconnect between perception and reality, scientists can learn about brain function and its relevance to mental health, decision making, and the way we view ourselves and others. This video starts with a performance by illusionist Alain Nu, followed by a discussion aming Nu, psychiatrist and author Richard Restak, and Stephen L. Macknik and Susana Martinez-Conde, scientists who study various aspects of visual, sensory, and cognitive neuroscience. The event was held at AAAS in Washington, DC, on Oct. 28, 2014.

September 18, 2014

Stressing about Stress

Scientists Janice Kiecolt-Glaser of Ohio State and David Shurtleff of NIH help us better understand what our mind and body experience—good and bad—when we encounter stressful situations during an evening at AAAS in Washington, DC, on Sept. 18, 2014.

July 07, 2014

FENS 2014 Neuroethics Press Conference

Press conference on the neuroethics of "Recording and Manipulating the Brain: How Far Can We Go? How Far Should We Go?" at the 9th FENS Forum of Neuroscience, Milan, Italy, July 7, 2014.

May 06, 2014

Smells Delicious and Good to Eat: How Your Brain Distinguishes Tastes and Aromas

Why do we prefer certain tastes and aromas over others? How do taste and aroma interact with each other? A neuroscientist from the Monell Institute and experts in wine, food, and fragrance spoke at a AAAS/Dana Science & Society event on May 6, 2014, in Washington, DC.

March 11, 2014

Wake up, I'm Speaking: The Neuroscience of Sleep and Dreaming

It seems that everybody, from comedians, to poets, to world leaders, have something to say about sleep. So why not scientists? Sleep, or the lack of it, is the focus of considerable research in the United States, where sleep disorders and sleep deprivation have been associated with poor cognitive performance, behavioral problems, accidents, ill health and other factors that adversely affect quality of life. When we do sleep, we also dream; in fact, during a typical lifetime, people spend an average of six years dreaming. Sleep, dreaming, and the impact of medicine and society were the subject of a AAAS/Dana Public event in Washington, DC on March 11, 2014.

October 24, 2013

The Arts and the Brain: What Does Your Brain See? What Does Your Brain Hear?

When you listen to music or look at a painting, your brain is busy. Recent advances in neuroimaging allow a more sophisticated understanding of the brain processes underlying sound and vision. These topics were addressed in an AAAS/Dana public event on October 24, 2013 in Washington, DC.

September 19, 2013

Neuroenhancement: Building an Improved Human Body and Mind

Human enhancement embraces the idea that science and technology can be used to restore or expand cognitive and physical human capacities. It has received considerable public attention lately with the return of injured soldiers and the demand for prosthetic devices and with controversies surrounding the use of performance enhancing drugs. These and other topics were covered in a public event on September 19, 2013 in Washington, DC, sponsored by the AAAS and the Dana Foundation.

June 06, 2013

What Are They Thinking? Exploring the Adolescent Brain

Advances in brain research have enabled scientists to learn more about how the adolescent brain functions, from the everyday behavior of teenagers to how they cope with the challenges of disease, learning problems and social cues. These topics were covered in a public event on June 12, 2013 in Washington, DC, sponsored by the AAAS and the Dana Foundation.

April 25, 2013

Neuroscience and the Law

Advances in brain research have implications for the legal system, where they raise issues for the law, from matters relating to the admissibility of evidence to decisions about criminal culpability. This was the theme of the Neuroscience and Law event held on April 25 in Washington, DC, sponsored by the Dana Foundation, AAAS, The MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience and the International Neuroethics Society.

June 13, 2012

The Aging Brain: What's New in Brain Research, Treatment, and Policy

As researchers home in on biomarkers for the progress of dementia, how should treatment and policy change? A webcast of the inaugural event in the Neuroscience and Society Series, presented by the AAAS and the Dana Foundation.