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.

Researchers, doctors, and patients await the results of the first clinical trial to prevent Alzheimer’s in ordinary elderly people.

 

Learning false information when sleepy can change a person’s memory of a photograph, researchers find.

 

Scientists have new insights into how the tau protein spreads within and harms the brain, in Alzheimer’s and other diseases — and tau-targeting therapies are now entering clinical trials.

 

Dementias, ALS, and Huntington’s show different outward symptoms, but researchers theorize the disease process may be similar — a buildup of proteins that normally are cleared away.

 

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!

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