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Marijuana Blows Your Mind

How does marijuana affect the brain? Travel to Amsterdam with this video and learn how THC affects brain function, impacting both short-term memory and motor control.

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The Neuroscience of Decision Making

Researchers are beginning to decipher what happens in our brains when we make decisions. Three experts describe the genesis of this cutting-edge field and potential practical applications of this...

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Searching for Answers: Healthy Brain Aging

Doctors, researchers, and an elderly woman explain healthy brain aging. Part of a video series on pressing neuroscience health issues.

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Population Coding: Mind Reading and More!

Is it possible to read minds using science? Discover how scientists use a process called population coding to “read” minds - and move bionic limbs! 

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Hard Knocks: The Science of Concussions

Scientists have long known that blows to the head can be dangerous. What happens in the brain when two athletes collide on the field?

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Discoveries

Does practice make perfect?

Source: Society for Neuroscience
While experts debate the type and length of practice that is optimal for success, one thing is clear: training improves performance and changes the brain.

Image of the Week: Mapping Your Next Meal

Source: Society for Neuroscience
Scientists study fruit bats to figure out how our brains create mental maps.

Mapping Your Every Move

Source: Dana Foundation
The most advanced surveillance system you will ever find is built into your own brain and nurtured by evolution.

Image of the Week: The Roots of Epilepsy

Source: Society for Neuroscience
Trespassing dendrites may be key to the development of epilepsy.

Colm Kelleher: How We See Color

Source: TED
Colm Kelleher explains how humans can see everything from auburn to aquamarine.

Image of the Week: Sensing Movement

Source: Society for Neuroscience
The primate retina passes information about rapid movement to the brain.

Recent Neuroscience in the News

Study Finds Brain Changes in Young Marijuana Users

Source: The Boston Globe
Date: 15 April 2014
Occasional marijuana smokers show abnormalities in two key areas of their brain related to emotion, motivation, and decision making, according to a new study.

PET Scans Offer Clues on Vegetative States

Source: New York Times
Date: 15 April 2014
A study found that a significant number of people labeled vegetative had received an incorrect diagnosis and actually had some degree of consciousness.

Videos: A (Very) Close Look Inside the Zebrafish Brain

Source: National Geographic Phenomena Blog
Date: 15 April 2014
Eric Betzig of HHMI’s Janelia Farm Research Campus reports a new technology that dramatically sharpens microscopic images of neurons in a zebrafish.

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