Do we have free will? This is a question that scholars have debated for centuries and will probably continue to debate for centuries to come

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Unlike most brain studies where scientists watch as people respond to cues or commands, Johns Hopkins researchers found a way to observe people’s brain activity as they made choices entirely on their own, pinpointing the parts of the brain involved in decision-making and action

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The problem isn’t willpower. It’s neuroscience. You can’t — and shouldn’t — fight back.

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Barbara Lipska: In the first days of 2015, I was sitting at my desk when something freakish happened. I extended my arm to turn on the computer, and to my astonishment realized that my right hand disappeared when I moved it to the right lower quadrant of the keyboard

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A study published in Cell Biology on Feb. 18, titled “Coercion changes the sense of agency in the human brain,” suggests that this excuse isn’t just a pretext. People who’ve been ordered to do something bad to other people appear to genuinely experience a reduced sense of responsibility

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A panel of medical experts recommended Tuesday that the Food and Drug Administration approve a new way of treating opioid addicts, using a slender rod implanted into the arm that delivers medicine for months at a time. Some doctors say it could help ease the national epidemic of drug overdoses

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The ethical implications of addiction vaccines

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Technology and Persuasion

March 23, 2015

Persuasive technologies surround us, and they’re growing smarter. How do these technologies work? And why?

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