News and analysis on the implications of brain science

The Brain-Games Conundrum: Does Cognitive Training Really Sharpen the Mind?

by Walter R. Boot, Ph.D. and Arthur F. Kramer, Ph.D.

Cerebrum | November 3, 2014

A host of companies promise to “train” your brain with games designed to stave off mental decline. Regardless of their effectiveness, their advertising has convinced tens of thousands of people to open their wallets.

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Scientific Leader Alan Leshner Encourages Ethical Approach to Science

by Zishi Wu

The Miami Hurricane | October 23, 2014

Dana Alliance member and CEO of AAAS Alan Leshner recently spoke about the importance of accuracy in scientific papers to students and faculty at the University of Miami.

Truth, Lies, and False Memories: Neuroscience in the Courtroom

by Craig Stark, Ph.D.

The Dana Foundation | October 15, 2014

Our constant exposure to over-inflated claims of what technologies like neuroimaging can do are leading to a form of collective false memory in the form of an unreasonable expectation of what the technology can prove. One of our series of Reports on Progress.

Sleep Deprivation Increases Susceptibility to False Memories

by Kayt Sukel

The Dana Foundation | October 7, 2014

Learning false information when sleepy can chance a person’s memory of a photograph, researchers find.

Truth, Justice, and the NFL Way

by Philip E. Stieg, M.D., Ph.D.

Cerebrum | September 5, 2014

Our reviewer, Philip E. Stieg, a neuro-trauma consultant on the sidelines of NFL games, is no stranger to the violence of football. In his review of League of Denial by Mark Fainaru-Wada and Steve Fainaru, Stieg finds the sports-concussion crisis to be a difficult subject.

International Neuroethics Society 2014 Annual Meeting

by Chelsea Ott

Dana Foundation Blog | August 27, 2014

Chelsea Ott, International Neuroethics Society Communications Manager, gives us the rundown on what to expect at this year’s International Neuroethics Society annual meeting in November in DC.

Light Can Switch Bad Memories to Good

USA Today | August 27, 2014

In a recent study published in Nature, researchers report that they were able to manipulate specific brain circuits to change a bad memory to a good one.

FENS: How Far Should Brain Researchers Go?

by Moheb Costandi

The Dana Foundation | July 14, 2014

How much should we enhance our brains, how far should we go to treat risky pre-term pregnancies, and when can we morally do research on people having surgery for something else were among the topics at the William Safire Seminar on Neuroethics.

Recording and Manipulating the Brain: How Far Can We Go? How Far Should We Go?

The Dana Foundation | July 7, 2014

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.

Neuroscience Approaches the Bench

by Terry Devitt

University of Wisconsin-Madison News | June 10, 2014

Last week, the Neuroscience and Public Policy Program at UW-Madison co-hosted an AAAS and the Dana Foundation sponsored seminar on neuroscience for judges from around the country.

My DNA Made Me Do It? How Behavioral Genetics Is Influencing the Justice System

by Virginia Hughes

National Geographic | June 4, 2014

As genetic evidence becomes more common in criminal and civil cases, education about what genes can and cannot tell us should be improved.

Morality Pills: Reality or Science Fiction?

by Molly Crockett

The Guardian | June 3, 2014

The complexities of ethics and the brain make it difficult for scientists to develop a pill to enhance human morals.

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