The recent finding that telling lies induces changes in the brain has stimulated a number of misrepresentations that may wreak more harm on our understanding than the lies on which they report. CNN’s headline runs, “Lying May Be Your Brain’s Fault, Honestly,” and PBS reports, “Telling a Lie Makes Way for the Brain to Keep Lying.”

Quick Read

Every day in the United States, millions of expectant mothers take a prenatal vitamin on the advice of their doctor.

Quick Read

Generation Adderall

October 12, 2016

Casey Schwartz: Like many of my friends, I spent years using prescription stimulants to get through school and start my career. Then I tried to get off them

Quick Read

Want to be smarter? More focused? Free of memory problems as you age? If so, don’t count on brain games to help you. That’s the conclusion of an exhaustive evaluation of the scientific literature on brain training games and programs. It was published Monday in the journal Psychological Science in the Public Interest

Quick Read

Some 54% of U.S. adults foresee a future where computer chips will routinely be embedded in our bodies. But as with other kinds of potential human enhancements, a recent Pew Research Center survey found that more Americans are worried about the idea of an implanted brain chip (69%) than are enthusiastic (34%). And a minority of U.S. adults – 32% – would want this implanted device for themselves

Quick Read

Imagine infusing thousands of wireless devices into your brain, and using them to both monitor its activity and directly influence its actions. It sounds like the stuff of science fiction, and for the moment it still is – but possibly not for long

Quick Read

Over the last 30 years, the evolutionary status and trajectory of the human species has been brought into question by rapid progress within the fields of nanotechnology, biotechnology, information technology and cognitive science

Quick Read

Here’s how to spot the bad science. It’s easy to misrepresent the findings from brain scan research. Just ask a dead salmon

Quick Read