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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: National Geographic
Date: 6 Oct 2014
Brain cells that create our "inner GPS" among a list of others specialized for particular purposes.
Source: NPR Shots Blog
Date: 22 Sept 2014
Angela Stimpson donated a kidney to a complete stranger. Why did she do it? Researchers found that the brains of Stimpson and other altruists are sensitive to fear and distress in a stranger's face.
Source: USA Today
Date: 2 Sept 2014
Researchers found that those who played an instrument for two years showed a stronger "neurophysiological distinction" between certain sounds than children who didn't get the instrumental training.
Read more about neuroscience core concepts for the U. S. National Science Education Standards.