By detecting trends that humans are unable to spot, researchers hope to treat the disorder more effectively. Depression is a simple-sounding condition with complex origins that aren’t fully understood. Now, machine learning may enable scientists to unpick some of its mysteries in order to provide better treatment

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Imagine a pill that could make you a more “moral” person. Would you take it? Today, leading scientists are debating the ethics of just that — a pill that improves morality

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The cognitive scientist Daniel Dennett believes our brains are machines, made of billions of tiny “robots” – our neurons, or brain cells. Is the human mind really that special?

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Gut Check

March 30, 2017

Researchers develop measures to capture moral judgments and empathy

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The complicated debate over paying for body parts is just one of the societal dilemmas Hopkins scholars are tackling, thanks to philanthropically supported Exploration of Practical Ethics grants

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Since ancient philosophers first began to ponder the problem of criminal behavior, great minds in science and law have sought a single holy grail, the point at which the two fields intersect: What nervous or brain dysfunctions can explain how people become so incapacitated that they are not responsible for their own criminal behavior?

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Research on collective recall takes on new importance in a post-fact world

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—Or a Total Disaster. Why is the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency developing a controversial, cutting-edge brain chip technology that could one day treat everything from major depressive disorder to hand cramps?

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