Tag Archives: Neuroscience

Connectome: How the brain’s wiring makes us who we are

Sebastian Seung RSA Rising star in the field of neuroscience Sebastian Seung argues that our identity lies not in our genes but in the connections between our brain cells — and he describes the monumental task of mapping these “connectomes”, … Continue reading

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IBM unveils chips that mimic the human brain

Source: Computing.co.uk IBM has unveiled a new experimental computer chip that it says mimics the human brain in that it perceives, acts and even thinks. It terms the machines built with these chips “cognitive computers”, claiming that they are able … Continue reading

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What do ADHD and cancer have in common? Variety

Jim Newman EurekAlert PORTLAND, Ore. – According to new research conducted at Oregon Health & Science University, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is more than one disorder. It’s an entire family of disorders, much like the multiple subtypes of cancer. … Continue reading

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Pitt researchers link neural variability to short-term memory and decision making

B. Rose Huber EurekAlert A team of University of Pittsburgh mathematicians is using computational models to better understand how the structure of neural variability relates to such functions as short-term memory and decision making. In a paper published online April … Continue reading

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Scans could catch benefits cheats

Source: Guardian Brain scans that test individual pain experience could be used to spot benefit cheats within 10 years, it has been claimed. Imaging and other aspects of neuroscience could also be used in future to assess the public risk … Continue reading

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Is free will a myth or the foundation of law and order?

Michael Cook BioEdge Calvin was deemed a heretic by Catholics for preaching that only the predestined elect would be saved and that the predestined reprobate were all toast. That was in the 16th century, but the battle over free will … Continue reading

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The neural correlates of picture naming facilitated by auditory repetition

Heath S. et al. BMC Neuroscience Abstract (provisional) Background Overt repetition of auditorily presented words can facilitate picture naming performance in both unimpaired speakers and individuals with word retrieval difficulties, but the underlying neurocognitive mechanisms and longevity of such effects … Continue reading

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Neuroscience as the military’s new weapon

Michael Cook BioEdge 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 … Continue reading

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Take it, it’ll make you shoot better

Sydney Morning Herald Advances in neuroscience could be used by the military to help make soldiers more deadly on the battlefield. Ian Sample reports. Soldiers could have their minds plugged directly into weapons systems, undergo brain scans during recruitment and … Continue reading

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Neuroscience Experiments: Human Version 2.0

From BBC Mind Control Machine.

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