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Group Think: The Science of the Social Brain

Social neuroscience is helping shed light on the powerful link between biology and behavior.

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Neuroeconomics: Money and the Brain

In good times and bad, people face important economic decisions. Scientists in a field called neuroeconomics study how the brain assesses economic information and weighs financial risks.

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The Brain on Trial

Three experts discuss how advances in neuroscience pose new challenges for the judicial system and the use of therapeutic solutions for reforming criminals.

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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

The Ascent: A Brief History of the Brain

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

The Truth About Lies: The Science of Deception

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.


Neurolaw: Neuroscience in the Courtroom

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

'Lucy' Thriller Revives 10% Brain Capacity Myth

Source: LiveScience
Date: 25 July 2014
The fact is, people use all of their brains.

Humans Already Use Way, Way More Than 10 Percent of Their Brains

Source: The Atlantic
Date: 16 July 2014
It’s a complex, constantly multi-tasking network of tissue—but the myth persists.

Brain-Eating Amoeba Lurks in Warm Summer Water

Source: NBC News
Date: 15 July 2014
The death of a 9-year-old girl from a brain-eating amoeba is a jolting reminder of the danger lurking in fresh water, a risk that could worsen.