Monthly Archives: June 2011

The Brain on Trial

Read Advances in brain science are calling into question the volition behind many criminal acts. A leading neuroscientist describes how the foundations of our criminal-justice system are beginning to crumble, and proposes a new way forward for law and order.

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Religious Factors and Hippocampal Atrophy in Late Life

Read Despite a growing interest in the ways spiritual beliefs and practices are reflected in brain activity, there have been relatively few studies using neuroimaging data to assess potential relationships between religious factors and structural neuroanatomy. This study examined prospective … Continue reading

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Winning Argument: As a “New” Critique of Reason, Argumentative Theory Is Trite but Useful

Read After much reflection, I’ve decided that I like argumentative theory, too, for a couple of reasons: First, my objections to it stem in part from my own bias—which I admit may not be entirely rational—against evolutionary psychology and other … Continue reading

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Neural Correlates of Natural Human Echolocation in Early and Late Blind Echolocation Experts

Read A small number of blind people are adept at echolocating silent objects simply by producing mouth clicks and listening to the returning echoes. Yet the neural architecture underlying this type of aid-free human echolocation has not been investigated. To … Continue reading

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Read (short for ‘Citizen Science’) provides the training and tools to allow anyone to participate in research on species distributions. For starters, we are focusing on engaging citizen scientists to help map invasive species. We are funded by National … Continue reading

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The Science of Resiliency

Read “Understanding the neurological and psychological consequences of stress on learning and personal growth, good and bad, is critical as we work to optimize physician education,” said ­Richard Schwartzstein, director of the Academy, which works to advance medical education throughout … Continue reading

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