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“I will” means something after all

Denyse O'Leary | 03 December 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: free will, neuroscience
Is free will becoming fashionable again in neuroscience?

Permanent Present Tense

Francis Phillips | 21 October 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: book reviews, memory, neuroscience
The moving story of a man whose memory was limited to what happened 30 seconds ago.

The slow death of a pseudo-discipline

Denyse O'Leary | 24 June 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: evolutionary psychology, neuroscience
Enthusiasm for neuro-everything seems to be waning in the light of evidence that brain scans don't tell us very much.

What’s going on behind baby’s big blue eyes?

Olivia Carter | 23 April 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: child development, consciousness, neuroscience
A study published last week appears to contain the first scientific evidence that a 5-month-old infant is conscious.

Brain explosion: big neuroscience teams up with Obama

Denyse O'Leary | 08 March 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: economics, love, neuroscience
The US President is backing a brain activity map project that would cost billions and may be fatally flawed.

How education hijacked brain research

Max Coltheart | 11 December 2012 | FEATURES |  
tags: education, neuroscience
Some governments and schools are considering high-cost brain training programs despite a lack of evidence of any educational benefits.

Ivy League brain on bikinis

Carolyn Moynihan | 14 August 2012 | TIGER PRINT |
tags: male studies, modesty, neuroscience

The battle to reclaim free will

Andrew Mullins | 06 July 2012 | FEATURES |  
tags: free will, neuroscience
Most neuroscientists today are materialists who believe that everything we do is determined. But this ignores our rationality and free will. There must be a better way.

How love goes to one’s head

Carolyn Moynihan | 27 March 2012 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: love, marriage, neuroscience
Okay, here’s something positive about brain research. The sense of feeling loved and cared for shapes the brain and the brain in turn shapes our relationships.

Will women stock exchange traders rescue Wall Street?

Denyse O'Leary | 23 August 2011 | FEATURES |  
tags: economics, global financial crisis, neuroscience
The new science of neuroeconomics is making big claims. Can they be justified?

Does religion shrink your brain?

Denyse O'Leary | 01 August 2011 | FEATURES |  
tags: neuroscience, religion
Some researchers argue that outspoken religious commitment is a sign of mild dementia.

Does religion rot teenagers’ brains?

Denyse O'Leary | 25 July 2011 | FEATURES |  
tags: neuroscience, religion
Some religion researchers are amazingly ignorant of religion.

Are we all travelling incognito?

Denyse O'Leary | 21 June 2011 | FEATURES |  
tags: crime, law, neuroscience
Does "my brain made me do it" seem like a good excuse in a court of law?

“Criminal brains” and what to do about them

Denyse O'Leary | 09 June 2011 | FEATURES |  
tags: capital punishment, crime, neuroscience
The budding science of neurolaw could make the life or death of a prisoner dependent on a brain scan.

Morality for neurons

Denyse O'Leary | 01 April 2011 | FEATURES |  
tags: materialism, morality, neuroscience
Can you build a system of moral behaviour on complete materialism? A famous neuroscientist gives it the old college try.

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