Neuroscience in Society

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Neuroscience has a profound ability to alter society, but who makes sure it changes society for the better?
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Musician and researcher Charles Limb wondered how the brain works during musical improvisation — so he put jazz musicians and rappers in an fMRI to find out. 
  • TED
  • 16 min
30,000 scientists will convene today in Washington, DC, for the Society for Neuroscience’s annual meeting. Watch last year’s Dialogues lecture.
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  • 130 min
Playing a musical instrument can do wonders for our brains. But how does it affect our hearing later on in life?
  • National Science Foundation
As the world population ages, cases of macular degeneration are likely to rise. Studies are examining ways to slow the disease and help patients regain sight.
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The cost of sustaining vital research on brain diseases may be more than we’re willing to pay, but less than we imagine.
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Neuroscientist Damien Fair discusses how brain imaging is used to explore ways to better characterize developmental brain disorders like autism and ADHD.
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Why some tunes lodge in our brains isn't so clear. Here are a few theories.
  • Science Friday
Every ten years the scientific study of consciousness passes a milestone. A decade ago the milestone was the publication of Chrisof Koch's book "Quest for Consciousness" (2004).
For the star-studded cast who made up two panels at this year’s Kavli Prize award ceremony at the World Science Festival in New York City today...
  • The Dana Foundation

Exciting neuroscience research initiatives are being developed all over the world. These efforts will lead to a greater understanding of how the brain functions and how it can become injured or diseased. 

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The Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative will enable federal agencies and private-sector partners to develop tools and plans to accelerate discoveries and improve health.
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“Experts” lament that there is no way to track lone wolf killers, but nothing could be farther from the truth.
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3D Brain

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