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The US needs to draft in psychopharmacologists, neuroscientists and even goateed cultural studies experts to fight 21 century wars that will be largely in the mind. A report commissioned by the Defense Intelligence Agency on Emerging Cognitive Neuroscience and Related Technologies predicts a freakish future of advances in neurosciences, and that the US will forget about the battle for the hearts and head straight for the mind. Advances in...

2008-08-14

 war brain psychology military neuroscience anthropology psychopharmacology
A detailed simulation of a small region of a brain built molecule by molecule has been constructed and has recreated experimental results from real brains. The "Blue Brain" has been put in a virtual body, and observing it gives the first indications of the molecular and neural basis of thought and memory. Scaling the simulation to the human brain is only a matter of money, says the project's head...

2009-04-22

 simulation brain neuroscience thought memory virtual
Taking a pill to treat depression is widely believed to work by reversing a chemical imbalance. ... Magazines, newspapers, patients' organisations and internet sites have all publicised the idea that conditions like depression, anxiety, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder can be treated by drugs that help to rectify an underlying brain problem. People with schizophrenia and other conditions are frequently told that they need to take...

2009-07-15

 pharmaceutical industry drug medication psychology brain chemistry neuroscience psychiatry
Most great stories revolve around decisions: the snap brilliance of Captain Sullenberger choosing to land his plane in the Hudson, or Dorothea’s prolonged, agonizing choice of whether to forsake her husband for true love in “Middlemarch,” or your parents’ oft-told account of the day they decided to marry. There is something powerfully human in the act of deliberately choosing a path; other animals have drives, emotions, problem-solving...

2009-03-18

 decision brain neuroscience
According to Keith Hudson, polymath extraordinaire, one of the greatest meta-discoveries in the last 10 years is that "each of us grows millions of new neurons during our lifetime."...

2010-01-01

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Faith can bring out the best in people (love, generosity, compassion) — and the worst (fear, hatred, violence). Whether people are the former or the latter depends on how they view the God they worship.

2009-06-15

 religion brain psychology neuroscience
Scientists have shown they can change people's moral judgements by disrupting a specific area of the brain with magnetic pulses...

2010-03-30

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All we can ever know are the guesses or interpretations our mind creates about what is going on. To create these guesses, we can only draw on basic human neuroanatomy and on our past experience. Since no two people ever have exactly the same neuroanatomy or experience, no two people ever interpret anything in exactly the same way. This is frightening. It means that each of us lives alone, in our own world of meaning.

2010-06-21

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Trust and betrayal of trust are ubiquitous in human societies. Recent behavioral evidence shows that the neuropeptide oxytocin increases trust among humans, thus offering a unique chance of gaining a deeper understanding of the neural mechanisms underlying trust and the adaptation to breach of trust. We examined the neural circuitry of trusting behavior by combining the intranasal, double-blind, administration of oxytocin with fMRI. We...

2008-05-22

 neuroscience psychology hormone oxytocin trust brain betrayal
This failure to notice what should be very apparent is something we unconsciously experience every day as our brains filter the barrage of visual information which we are flooded with. And apparently it has a name; it is called change blindness.

2010-06-11

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Swarming locusts not only look different and act differently to solitary locusts, they also have much larger brains.

2010-05-25

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A wireless headset that can interpret brain waves to control video games and other onscreen action.

2010-07-16

 brain control computer neuroscience interface
Researchers have discovered a type of brain cell that continuously regenerates in humans.

2007-02-16

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Scientists say they have completely regenerated damaged optic nerves from the eye to the brain in mice.

2005-03-02

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We cannot derive the brain from the protein sequences underlying it; the sequences are insufficient, as well, because the nature of their expression is dependent on the environment and the history of a few hundred billion cells, each plugging along interdependently. We haven't even solved the sequence-to-protein-folding problem, which is an essential first step to executing Kurzweil's clueless algorithm. And we have absolutely no...

2010-08-17

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Children's mental development could be recorded in much the same way we chart height and weight, say scientists...

2010-09-10

 brain scanning development cognition neuroscience children psychology

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