Sunday, January 29, 2023

Tag: brain science

Misconceptions About Brain Science Very Common, Study Finds

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Researchers investigate commonly held misconceptions about brain research among Americans.

Researchers Fail to Predict Criminal Intent with Brain Scans

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A new study in the journal PNAS explores whether brain scans are ineffective at identifying criminal intent in carefully designed situations.

“Nature and Nurture: Human Brains Evolved to be More Responsive to...

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"We found that the anatomy of the chimpanzee brain is more strongly controlled by genes than that of human brains, suggesting that the human brain is extensively shaped by its environment no matter its genetics," said Aida Gómez-Robles, postdoctoral scientist at the GW Center for the Advanced Study of Human Paleobiology and lead author on the paper. "So while genetics determined human and chimpanzee brain size, it isn't as much of a factor for human cerebral organization as it is for chimpanzees."

“Fixing the Brain is Not the New World for Psychiatry”

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Writing on his critical psychiatry blog, Duncan Double critiques Joe Herbert’s piece on “Why can't we treat mental illness by fixing the brain?” in Aeon. While Herbert admits that there is a "mysterious and seemingly unfathomable gap" between psychology and neuroscience, which "bedevils not only psychiatry, but all attempts to understand the meaning of humanity,” he goes on to speculate that someday psychiatrists will be able to relate symptoms to brain activity.