Dana News Email Blast: January

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Social Neuroscience

by John T. Cacioppo, Ph.D. and Stephanie Ortigue, Ph.D.

Social neuroscientists boost our knowledge of the biology of animal and human interactions in areas as diverse as drug abuse, pair-bonding, and social isolation. As the field continues to grow, we will better understand the social, biological, and cognitive factors that determine how we relate to others. From Cerebrum, our online magazine of ideas.

Playing Video Games May Make Specific Changes to the Brain

Areas that are linked to reward and self-control appear to change when young people play video games, according to two recent studies.

Wanted: Better Brain-Process Biomarkers for Drug Trials

Researchers seek faster, cheaper ways to evaluate potential neurodegenerative disease.

Neuromarketing: Prove Thyself & Protect Consumers (Dana Briefing Paper)

Neuromarketing, the practice of using neuroscience to try to determine a person's unconscious biological reactions to a product, is here to stay, but whether it works is much harder to prove.

The Tangles of Neurodegeneration Not Easy to Unravel

Targeting different neurotransmitters hasn't offered a breakthrough, said Ann Young during the recent Society for Neuroscience meeting. Perhaps genetics and attention to the misfolded proteins seen in Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and other diseases can offer a better therapeutic solution.

Delirium: A Preventable Problem

Delirium in the hospital is a common occurrence for the elderly, but there are ways to lower the risk, says Guy McKhann, professor of neurology and neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University.

See also: Brain in the News — scientifically vetted stories from around the Web, updated weekly

Last Call for Design a Brain Experiment Competition

The Dana Foundation is holding a competition where high school classrooms can compete for a chance to win $500 by designing an original brain-related experiment. Entries are due by January 19, 2012.

Navigating Love and Autism

As they reach adulthood, the overarching quest of many in this first generation to be identified with Asperger syndrome is the same as many of their nonautistic peers: to find someone to love who will love them back. From The New York Times.




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