Brain Matters

From June 12 to July 31 (skipping July 3), this weekly series will cover:

In reverse-chronological order, the stories and additional digital assets are below:

Brain Scientists Learn To Alter And Even Erase Memories

Memories, it turns out, are malleable, and brain scientists are learning to alter and erase them, raising some hopes of possible treatments for memory disorders like Alzheimer’s disease.

How Playing Music Affects The Developing Brain

Researchers in the burgeoning field of music neuroscience discuss the effects of music on brain development.

How Addiction Can Affect Brain Connections

A growing body of research shows that addiction is a complex brain disease that affects people differently. But the research also raises hopes about potential treatments.

In Search Of ‘Computational Psychiatry:’ Why Is It A Hot New Field?

BOSTON — A personal quest for understanding: What the heck is computational psychiatry and why does it seem to be such a hot field of neuroscience right now?

How Childhood Neglect Harms The Brain

Experts have long known that neglect and abuse in early life increase the risk for psychological problems, but now neuroscientists are explaining why.

‘I’m Not Stupid, Just Dyslexic’ — And How Brain Science Can Help

New research shows it’s possible to pick up some of the signs of dyslexia in the brain, even before kids learn to read. Earlier identification could influence how parents and educators tackle the disorder.

11 Young Neuroscientists Share Their Cutting-Edge Research

Neuroscientists from BU, Harvard and MIT tell us what they’re working on.

Unlocking The Brain: Are We Entering A Golden Age Of Neuroscience?

Brain science is entering what some researchers say may be a golden age, gaining important new insights into the workings of the brain — even as brain disorders, from autism to Alzheimer’s to mental illness — are increasingly recognized as a worldwide scourge affecting over a billion people and growing rapidly.

5 Ways The Brain Stymies Scientists And 5 New Tools To Crack It

A leading authority on neuroscience, Dr. Steven Hyman, discusses why understanding the brain is so darned hard, and how new scientific tools are nonetheless making it possible.

Brain Images: New Techniques And Bright Colors

These 12 images show some of the cutting-edge techniques that scientists are using to try to solve the mystery of the brain.

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  • Alden S. Blodget

    We entered the golden age of neuroscience at least 20 years ago. Researchers have gained all sorts of compelling insights into how people learn. The problem is that educators have paid little attention to the implications of these discoveries for how we teach or design schools. To get a sense of what I mean, I urge people (you at WBUR, politicians and educators) to read these 90 pages: http://www.agem.in/pdf/LSB.pdf.

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