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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Both stressful situations and a lack of resources can physically change the adult brain, which raises concerns of how living in poverty could negatively affect children, whose brains are still developing.
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Advancements in neuroscience have answered some big questions about ourselves — they have also posed even bigger questions about our society.
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Meet the neuroscientists behind BrainFacts.org.
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When you’re dealing with the most complex structure in the known universe, there are bound to be a few misconceptions.
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This panel discusses the implications of solitary confinement with a neurobiologist, a physician, a lawyer, and an individual held in solitary for 29 years.
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Experts in neuroscience and the law answer questions about solitary confinement and how it affects the brain.
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Jules Lobel has spent years using neuroscience studies in court to argue and prove that solitary confinement should be considered cruel and unusual punishment.
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Robert King spent 29 years in solitary confinement for a crime he didn’t commit. He was freed in 2001 when a court reversed his conviction — but the effects of his isolation linger.
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Richard J. Smeyne discusses recent research that reveals how solitary confinement can cause physical damage to the brain.
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Huda Akil, professor of psychiatry at the University of Michigan, explains the many ways that the stress of chronic isolation, especially solitary confinement, affects the brain and behavior.
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Meet the neuroscientists behind BrainFacts.org.
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Robert King, a member of the Angola 3, shares how his 29 years in solitary confinement changed the course of his life forever.
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