How Brain Scientists Forgot That Brains Have Owners

by Ed Yong – February 27, 2017

Five neuroscientists argue that fancy new technologies have led the field astray.

It’s a good time to be interested in the brain. Neuroscientists can now turn neurons on or off with just a flash of light, allowing them to manipulate the behavior of animals with exceptional precision. They can turn brains transparent and seed them with glowing molecules to divine their structure. They can record the activity of huge numbers of neurons at once. And those are just the tools that currently exist. Some argue that this technological fetish is leading the field astray.

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Special Issue: Advanced Technologies for Brain Research

Proceedings of the IEEE
January 2017

Guest Editors Metin Akay, Paul Sajda, Silvestro Micera, Jose M. Carmena

Special Issue: Advanced Technologies for Brain Research (Proceedings of the IEEE, January 2017)

This special issue will serve to increase the public awareness and foster discussions on the multiple worldwide BRAIN initiatives, both within and outside the IEEE, providing an impetus for development of long-term cost-effective healthcare solutions. The topics presented across the 9 papers in this special issue will serve as scientific evidence for health and policy advocates of the value of neurotechnologies for improving the neurological and mental health and well-being of the general population.

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Brain Scanners Allow Scientists to ‘Read Minds’ – Could They Enable a ‘Big Brother’ Future?

by Julia Gottwald and Barbara Sahakian – February 9, 2017

Brain Scanners Allow Scientists to Read Minds

There is now a technology that enables us to “read the mind” with growing accuracy: functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). It measures brain activity indirectly by tracking changes in blood flow – making it possible for neuroscientists to observe the brain in action. How far can – and should – this research take us?

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