More than 46 million people around the world suffer from dementia, according to a report released Tuesday

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WHEN does the deterioration of your brain rob you of your identity, and when does it not?

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Brain in a Vat

August 19, 2015

Julian Savulescu: In Roald Dahl’s short story, William and Mary, William dies of cancer. But a novel procedure allows his brain, with one eye attached, to be kept functioning in a clear plastic vat. His wife convinces William’s neurosurgeon to allow her to take William (or rather his brain and eye) home with her

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While it’s not exactly the hill stage of the Tour de France, video games require alertness and stamina. And when top-level Counter-Strike: Global Offensive player Cory “Semphis” Friesen acknowledged in a recent interview that he and his team “were all on Adderall,” a stimulant normally used to treat ADHD, during a recent tournament, the (gaming) authorities took notice

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The major hurdle in treating addiction is enabling a person to not return to the abused drug or substance. This has proved extremely difficult for researchers and patients alike, as even with the best rehabilitation therapy and the most supportive friends and families, many addicts of psychostimulant drugs–relapse soon after therapy ends, often because the memory of the drug’s effect is too strong

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Emotions, even the basic ones like fear, anger, sadness, happiness and disgust, according to Barrett, are not distinct entities inside us. You will look in vain for neural signatures that are either necessary or sufficient for their occurrence. This is a striking claim — and she’s got meta-data to support it

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What if we could use a simple, routine test to screen every baby for autism? It’s not as far-fetched as it sounds. Larger-scale clinical trials for an eye-tracking device that could be used to predict autism are slated to begin this year

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Bring Back the Asylum?

July 21, 2015

A critical analysis of the call for a “return to ‘modern’ institutionalization methods”

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