News and analysis on the implications of brain science

International Neurothics Society 2015 Meeting: The Rise of Mental Health Disorders

by Carson Martinez

Dana Blog | August 24, 2015

As mental health issues become increasingly prevalent, there is an urgent need to better understand their ethical, legal, and societal implications, including increasing access to treatment, reducing stigmas, and implementing neuroscience research.

A Cap that Treats Depression? Check the Science Before Getting Excited

by Dean Burnett

The Guardian | August 18, 2015

When scientific breakthroughs are reported, no matter how exciting, journalists and readers alike need to cut through the hype and look at the evidence

Ban Killer Robots Before They Become Weapons of Mass Destruction

by Peter Asaro

Scientific American | August 7, 2015

We need an international agreement to prevent the development of autonomous weapons before they threaten global security, says writer Peter Asaro.

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Mental Health Disorders in Prison

by Barbara Sahakian

Dana Blog | July 28, 2015

More mentally ill persons are in jails and prisons than in hospitals, and many of those remain untreated.

Should Colorado Execute James Holmes?

by Dahlia Lithwick

Slate | July 21, 2015

A jury will soon sentence the mentally ill mass murderer.

Scientists Demonstrate Animal Mind-Melds

by Carl Zimmer

The New York Times | July 9, 2015

New studies say rats and monkeys whose brains are linked by electrodes can coordinate their brains to carry out tasks, often better than individuals do.

No New Neuroscience Without Neuroethics

by James Giordano

BioMed Central: On Health | July 8, 2015

In this guest blog, Prof. James Giordano, co-Editor-in-Chief of Philosophy, Ethics, and Humanities in Medicine, calls for the field and practices of neuroethics to address and steer neuroscientific research and its applications.

Drug Addiction and Incarceration: A Public Luncheon Briefing

AAAS and the Dana Foundation | July 7, 2015

An overwhelming majority of felony incarcerations involve substance abuse, costing states and the federal government tens of billions of dollars. What is the correlation between drug addiction and crime, what are leading scientists working on to address this problem, and are there policy solutions to remediate this issue? Come join the discussion and listen to two leading experts in the field discuss the nexus of drug addiction and incarceration. For questions, please contact Sara Spizzirri at 202-326-6789 or

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.

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