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Amazing New Brain Map of Every Synapse Points to the Roots of Thinking
So are you your synaptome?

Perhaps. The essence of you—memories, thought patterns—seems to be etched into how diverse synapses activate in response to input. Like a fingerprint for memories and decisions, synaptomes can then be “read” to decipher that thought.

But as the authors acknowledge, the study’s only the beginning. Along with the paper, the team launched a Synaptome Explorer tool to help neuroscientists further parse the intricate connections between synapses and you.

“This map opens a wealth of new avenues of research that should transform our understanding of behavior and brain disease,” said Grant.
Neuroscience  synapse 
yesterday by euler
Neuroforensics: Exploring the Legal Implications of Emerging Neurotechnologies: Proceedings of a Workshop | The National Academies Press
"Discussions around the intersection between neuroscience and the law began decades ago. Originally used mostly in death penalty cases, the role of neuroscience has extended to cases involving drugs, assault, burglary, child abuse, rape, fraud, theft, and kidnapping. Neuroscience has also begun to play an increasingly important role in making policy, particularly where the law is unclear or ambiguous.
"In March 2018, the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine organized a workshop in order to explore the current uses of neuroscience and bring stakeholders from neuroscience and legal societies together in both the United Kingdom and the United States. Participants worked together to advance an understanding of neurotechnologies that could impact the legal system and the state of readiness to consider these technologies and where appropriate, to integrate them into the legal system. This publication summarizes the presentations and discussions from the workshop."
to:NB  books:noted  neuroscience  law  moral_responsibility 
yesterday by cshalizi
The ethics of neuroscience - Monash Lens
The Ethics of Neuroscience’ which is episode four of ‘A Different Lens’ examines the fundamental questions being raised by our growing understanding of the human brain.

New technologies are allowing us to have control over the human brain like never before. As we push the possibilities we must ask ourselves, what is neuroscience today and how far is too far?

The world’s best neurosurgeons can now provide treatments for things that were previously untreatable, such as Parkinson’s and clinical depression. Many patients are cured, while others develop side effects such as erratic behaviour and changes in their personality.

Not only do we have greater understanding of clinical psychology, forensic psychology and criminal psychology, we also have more control. Professional athletes and gamers are now using this technology – some of it untested – to improve performance. However, with these amazing possibilities come great ethical concerns.

This manipulation of the brain has far-reaching effects, impacting the law, marketing, health industries and beyond. We need to investigate the capabilities of neuroscience and ask the ethical questions that will determine how far we can push the science of mind and behaviour.
video  neuroscience  ethics 
2 days ago by jotjotjes
AI-powered brain emulation is changing our definition of death | WIRED UK
Scientists are replacing traditional definitions based on brain death with new concepts based on cryogenics and AI
Neuroscience  wired 
3 days ago by jorgebarba
Sea Hero Quest - Gaming to Help Study Dementia
Sea Hero Quest is a fun and addictive mobile game dedicated to helping global research into dementia.
medicine  health  neuroscience  dementia  research  mobile  video  games 
6 days ago by asaltydog

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