Final Brain in the News of 2018

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Photo from the December issue of Brain in the News. Image: Shutterstock

If you’re a subscribed reader of Brain in the News, you should have the final issue of the year in your mailbox by now (if you’re a loyal reader from outside of North America, please allow a couple extra days for delivery).

This year Brain in the News underwent a few changes, while maintaining the foundation of the publication as a trustworthy collection of news articles about the brain. We hope you enjoy the new layout as much as we do. It features a new “Bits and Pieces” section made up of facts and figures about the brain, neuroscience throughout history, top-rated brainy books, and our “honorable mentions” of internet news stories, “Brain on the Web.” The paper also includes a new “Stay Healthy” section, which highlights different wellness tips each issue and offers guidance on small things we can all do to protect our brains.

Another feature we are especially excited about is a new neuroethics column, written by former deputy editorial page editor of The New York Times Phil Boffey. Boffey, who also served as editor of Science Times, will continue delivering his monthly columns on different topics that analyze ethical dilemmas around brain-related news. You can read his latest column on the opioids crisis on the Dana website.

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Summer 2017 Brainy Reading List

Summer is finally here! We have eight brainy book suggestions, all written by members of the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives (DABI) or prominent neuroscientists, to take to the pool, beach, or wherever you enjoy a little bit of sun:

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Why Lie? Why Not?

Three NPR science reporters stepped out of the radio studio and onto the stage at the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington, DC, Thursday for an evening of story-telling about the lies, big and small, we tell ourselves and others.

In "A Fishtale: The Lies that Bind Us," Jon Hamilton, Alix Spiegel, and Shankar Vedantam used the story of two Milwaukee boys who, in 1982, came home from fishing carrying two giant salmon—and a very fishy story about how they got them. Hamilton dissected what we know about the brain's ability to lie, while Spiegel focused on the person-to-person aspects and Vedantam on how lying works at the level of larger groups and society. In addition, we got to hear from the family members and a half-dozen researchers via audio and video clips.

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