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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How does growing up less fortunate impact the brain and how can educators help their students overcome this obstacle?
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  • 21 min
How can educators help ease the effects of common negative experiences facing students from poor socioeconomic backgrounds?
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  • 12 min
The prolonged stress a child experiences by being separated from their parents has lasting implications for their mental health and the generations after them.
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While differences in brain size based on socioeconomic status could be considered stigmatizing, the brain is quite adaptable and plastic.
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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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  • 16 min
Learn about the prevalence of poverty in the US and its threats to childhood development.
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  • 16 min
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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Experts in neuroscience and the law answer questions about solitary confinement and how it affects the brain.
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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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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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  • 14 min

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