Dana Newsletter: December

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You Say You Want a Revolution?

by Wise Young, M.D., Ph.D., and Patricia Morton, Ph.D.

From the frontlines of spinal cord research, the authors lean on lessons from the past, their own experience, and events still unfolding as they raise questions about the future of all scientific research. From Cerebrum, our online magazine of ideas.

See also: Q&A with Wise Young

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Dana Newsletter: October

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With a Little Help from Our Friends: How the Brain Processes Empathy

by Peggy Mason, Ph.D.

Why are certain individuals born with a brain that is wired to help others? What daily habits or life experiences reinforce compassion but also selfishness, narcissism, and psychopathy? A better understanding of the neurobiological underpinnings for how the brain processes empathy could lead to more social cohesion and less antisocial harm in society. From Cerebrum, our online magazine of ideas.

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Dana Newsletter September

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Brain-to-Brain Interfaces: When Reality Meets Science Fiction

by Miguel A. L. Nicolelis, M.D., Ph.D.

The scientist behind the robotic exoskeleton demonstration at the opening of last summer’s soccer World Cup writes about the research that led up to the historic event and its potential to help paraplegics and others suffering from spinal-cord injuries to move by controlling machines with their thoughts. From Cerebrum, our online magazine of ideas.

See also: “Truth, Justice, and the NFL Way,” a book review of League of Denial: The NFL, Concussions, and the Battle for Truth

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Dana Newsletter: August 2014

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Students: Design a Brain Experiment

The Dana Foundation is asking U.S. high school students to submit their most creative brain experiment ideas to the fourth annual Design a Brain Experiment Competition. Submissions must test an idea about the brain, anything from examining the effects of art on the adolescent brain to exploring alternative treatments for Alzheimer’s disease. Students should not complete their experiments, so be creative!

The Neurobiology of Resilience

Most drug development for depression has focused on undoing the bad effects of stress, but new research suggests that finding ways to induce resilience could lead to new treatments. One of our series of Briefing Papers.

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Dana Newsletter: June 2014

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One of a Kind: The Neurobiology of Individuality

by Richard J. Davidson, Ph.D.

Mounting evidence suggests that brain circuits involved in our emotional responses change with experience and affect our temperament. It also suggests that psychological interventions can further harness brain plasticity to promote positive behavioral changes. From Cerebrum, our online magazine of ideas.

How Should We Be Thinking About Genetic Studies?

As the behavioral genetics field grows, we must be cautious not to oversimplify the research, warn experts, particularly in studies linking single genes to certain traits. A Dana briefing paper.

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