News and analysis on the implications of brain science

Imaging of Cognitive Impairment from Soccer Heading-Related Brain Injury

by Jim Schnabel

The Dana Foundation | June 29, 2015

Dana Foundation grantee Michael Lipton is looking at the cumulative effect of heading impacts by monitoring changes in brain structure and function with diffusion tensor imaging and cognitive tests.

Juvenile Justice Reform in NY State: Raise the Age

by Catharine Hill and Abigail Baird

Huffington Post | June 16, 2015

Vassar’s College’s president and its associate professor of psychology join forces to argue against placing New York’s 16 and 17 year olds in the adult prison system.

Science, Now Under Scrutiny Itself

by Benedict Carey

The New York Times | June 15, 2015

Retractions are on the rise in science journals, fueling discussions about how to reduce misconduct.

Medical Use of Marijuana Doesn’t Increase Youths’ Use, Study Finds

by Benedict Carey

The New York Times | June 15, 2015

Teen use of marijuana has not increased in states where medical marijuana is legal, according to a recent analysis.

Disease or Diversity: Learning from Autism

by Jillybeth Burgado

The Neuroethics Blog | May 26, 2015

A senior undergraduate at Emory University explores the meaning of neurodiversity and whether or not advances in autism research should include a reclassification of the condition, currently regarded as a “disability” in need of a cure.

“Addiction itself is not a crime, it’s a disease.”

by The NIDA Blog Team

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Blog | May 18, 2015

The Gloucester, Massachusetts police department has made a policy shift in how it treats drug addicted people who present themselves at a police station.

How Should Society Treat Addiction?

by Moheb Costandi

The Dana Foundation | April 20, 2015

Recent research reveals the neural mechanisms underlying the transition from voluntary to compulsive drug-taking. Scientists and neuroethicists argued what could be done to help people and society during a symposium at the BNA Festival of Neuroscience.

INS Elects Judy Illes to Serve as President

International Neuroethics Society | April 16, 2015

The International Neuroethics Society has elected Judy Illes as its next president, starting her two-year term in February 2016. Illes, a longtime Dana Alliance member is a professor of neurology at the University of British Columbia and Canada Research Chair in Neuroethics.

We Need to Unlock the Brain’s Secrets—Ethically

by Amy Gutmann

March 26, 2015

A new report identifies three critical ethical gaps in neuroscience.

Why Brain Injury Matters In Death Row Cases

by Dr. Anand Veeravagu, M.D., and Tej Azad

The Daily Beast | March 18, 2015

Missouri just executed Cecil Clayton, a man whose prefrontal cortex had been severely damaged in a sawmill accident—a part of the brain responsible for impulse control.

Drugs, Addiction and Freewill: Do Addicted Individuals Have Free Will? Symposium

BNA 2015 Festival of Neuroscience | March 9, 2015

The symposium ‘Drugs, Addiction and Freewill: Do Addicted Individuals Have Free Will?‘ will examine the alteration of neural processes by dopamine and changes by habit formation and compulsivity of neural circuitry. We will also consider how drugs of abuse can lead to compulsive drug taking and addiction, with loss of volition. Finally, we will consider the neuroethics of addiction and to what extent drug addicts have free will. Sponsored by the European Dana Alliance and the International Neuroethics Society, the symposium will be held on April 13 from 8:30am–10:30am at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre in Edinburgh, UK.

Pain Cases May Usher Brain Scans into the Courtroom

by Sara Reardon and Nature magazine

Scientific American | March 2, 2015

Brain scans that measure pain are increasingly being used in personal injury trials, but is the technology reliable?

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