Brain Matters

2014: CommonHealth Year Of The Brain, From Depression To Dyslexia

2014 was CommonHealth’s Year of the Brain, as embodied in its multi-part and multi-media brain series, “Brain Matters: Reporting from the Frontlines of Neuroscience.”

The Bionic Mind: Building Brain Implants To Fight Depression, PTSD

More than 100,000 people have brain implants to treat Parkinson’s disease; now, with funding from the military, researchers aim to take brain implant technology to the next level and use it to treat severe depression and PTSD.

What Depression Stole From Me, What A Brain Implant Restored

Liss Murphy of Boston shares her story of the devastating depression that overtook her and the experimental Deep Brain Stimulation that has helped her recover. Researchers are now attempting to bring such brain implant technology to the next level for psychiatric disorders.

Cheap, Low-Tech Devices Help Paralyzed Patients ‘Speak Their Minds’

For people who are “locked in,” the SpeakYourMind Foundation invents low-tech ways to communicate, even just by tracking eye movement or the lift of an eyebrow.

Beyond Good And Evil: New Science Casts Light On Morality In The Brain

New brain science teases out — and can even alter — some of the biological underpinnings of our choices to do good deeds or bad, of our judgments of what’s right and wrong. So what does this mean for moral responsibility?

Ask A Philosopher: What Does New Brain Science Mean For Free Will?

Philosopher Daniel C. Dennett addresses questions of moral responsibility — “My brain made me do it!” — raised by new neuroscience findings on the biological underpinnings of morality.

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?

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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