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Introduction

The study of the brain and nervous system is applicable to many facets of daily life, from decisions we make about spending money to the way we view ourselves and others. Scientists, educators, economists, and lawyers are now recognizing the impact of brain function on learning, decision-making, planning and criminal behavior. Collaborations between these individuals could one day guide efforts to improve teaching methods and curricula, and identify people with an inclination toward high-risk behaviors such as suicide or drug use. Advances in brain scanning technology and genetics are enabling scientists to predict behavior, personality, and disease with increasing accuracy. For instance, brain imaging studies of teenagers helped scientists better understand their tendency toward thrill-seeking behaviors, including drug and alcohol abuse. Additionally, researchers are exploring how imaging technology might be used to detect mental illness, lies or hint at a person’s susceptibility to committing criminal actions. This information could guide early intervention and prevention efforts, but it also raises important ethical questions.

Discoveries

Source: Society for Neuroscience
Modern neuroscience is the sum of countless discoveries. Meet a few scientists and learn their contributions in this video.
Source: Society for Neuroscience

Scientists want to understand the changes that take place in the brain when we deceive. What they find could one day have important moral and legal implications.

Source: Society for Neuroscience
Neuroscience’s influence is reaching beyond the research lab and clinic into the courtroomand beyond. It is clear that neuroscience will continue to influence U.S. legal proceedings.

Neuroscience in News

Source: The Washington Post
Date: 13 Nov 2014
According to a study, playing fast-paced action video games can make someone a better learner.
Source: New York Times
Date: 10 Nov 2014
The body of knowledge about how the brain works is growing, but so is the list of gaps in our understanding.
Source: New York Times
Date: 23 Oct 2014
“Brain training” games have become big business, but the research is still unclear about whether they improve your brain over all.
Read more about neuroscience core concepts for the U. S. National Science Education Standards.