Scientists one small step closer to memory alteration
Scientists from MIT say they have managed to manipulate ‘good’ and ‘bad’ memories in mice, in a study that may have significant impact on research into human memory alteration.
US bioethics commission calls for ethics education in neuroscience
Calling for the integration of ethics into neuroscience, the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues this week released the first of two volumes on the ethics of brain research.
Transhumanism reaches Hollywood in new high budget film
Transhumanism has reached hollywood in a new high budget film called Transcendence.
Dissecting the Society for Mutual Autopsy
The Society of Mutual Autopsy was an organisation formed in the late 1800s to advance neuroscience by examining dead members’ brains and to promote atheism by breaking sacred taboos.
Patricia Churchland on Brains R Us
Strict materialism is hardly a new idea but there are few scientists who are more daring about taking it to its logical conclusions than Patricia Churchland.
Judges should enrol in Neuroscience 101, says US bioethicist
The debate over neuroscience in the courtroom continues. The latest word the discussion comes from Nita Farahany - a member of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues.
Further evidence that vegetative patients can engage with the outside world
New research from Cambridge University has confirmed that some patients in a vegetative state are aware of the external world.
Neuroscience in crisis
The majority – perhaps the vast majority – of neuroscience findings are as spurious as brain waves in a dead fish
The coming battle over brain scans in the courtroom
The possibility of reading minds with brain scans is creating fierce controversy among legal scholars
Did Tamerlan Tsarnaev turn to terror because he was punch drunk?
Here’s the bioethical angle on the Boston Marathon bombing
A bright future for neuroethics after Obama greenlights huge neuroscience project
Neuroethics looks like the place to be for up-and-coming bioethicists after President Obama’s state of the union address. He specifically mentioned neuroscience as the Next Big Thing in American science
Landmark “vegetative state” paper challenged
US researchers have questioned the results of a landmark study in The Lancet from 2011 on awareness of “vegetative” patients.
Unlocking the vegetative state
A world first -- communicating with a patient in a permanent vegetative state.
Maybe there is free will after all
The shuttlecock of free will has been batted back into the determinist court with a startling reinterpretation of a classic experiment.
Neuroscience comes under fire from British philosopher
Roger Scruton puts a blowtorch to neuroscience.
Is free will a myth or the foundation of law and order?
Some recent research in psychology suggests that when people disbelieve in free will, they are more inclined to act in antisocial ways. The Neuroskeptic blog has highlighted the work of a violent dissenter from this point of view.
Are brain scans telling the truth?
Functional magnetic resonance image scans have been used as lie detectors which have been used in murder trials as well as testing whether conservatives are psychopaths or liberals are more broad-minded. Yet recent studies suggest that the scans are only giving insight into a very small part of the brain.
UK bioethics group investigates new wave of brain technologies
The Nuffield Council on Bioethics in the UK launched a consultation this week on the ethics of new types of technologies and devices that ‘intervene’ in the brain, such as brain-computer interfaces, deep brain stimulation, and neural stem cell therapy.
DSM-5 criticised for over-medicalising “normal behaviour”
Hundreds of thousands of people could be diagnosed as “mentally ill” because they display behaviours now considered normal, in a revised edition of the psychiatrists’ bible, some experts warn.
Neuroscience as the military’s new weapon
Doctors are not the only professionals excited about rapid advances in neuroscience. The military and the police are following advances closely, creating the possibility of ethical conflicts, according to a report released this week by the UK’s Royal Society.
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