News and analysis on the implications of brain science

A Popular Algorithm Is No Better at Predicting Crimes Than Random People

by Ed Yong

The Atlantic | January 17, 2018

The COMPAS tool is widely used to assess a defendant’s risk of committing more crimes, but a new study puts its usefulness into perspective.

The non-binary brain

by Emily Willingham

Aeon | January 2, 2018

Misogynists are fascinated by the idea that human brains are biologically male or female. But they’ve got the science wrong.

Six-year-olds and chimpanzees will pay to watch punishment

by Ephrat Livni

Quartz | December 22, 2017

Small children and chimpanzees are gleeful when they see just punishment for antisocial behavior, according to a study published Dec. 18 in Nature Human Behavior.

Social Notworking: Is Generation Smartphone Really More Prone to Unhappiness?

by Angus Chen

Scientific American | December 13, 2017

A study closely correlates device use with depression and suicide, but the link is contentious.

AI algorithms to prevent suicide gain traction

by Sara Reardon

Nature | December 12, 2017

Facebook is one of several companies exploring ways to detect online behavious that have been linked to self-harm. Some experts are concerned about privacy and the companies’ limited transparency, especially given the lack of evidence so far that digital interventions work.

Neurolaw and Order

BBC World Service | December 6, 2017

Podcast: The latest findings in neuroscience are increasingly affecting the justice system in America.

Neurotechnology and the Military

by Nicky Penttila

Dana blog | December 5, 2017

“Every generation has been trying to figure out how to use brain-related technology to improve security,” from caffeine to computer enhancement, bioethicist Jonathan Moreno, Ph.D., said at the Capitol Hill briefing.

INS Meeting: Ethical Consumer Neurotechnologies

by Seimi Rurup

November 13, 2017

Karola Kreitmair discussed guidelines for ethical consumer neurotechnologies in her Rising Star Plenary Lecture at the International Neuroethics Society annual meeting.

INS Meeting: Environmental Factors Impacting the Developing Brain

by Ann Whitman

Dana Blog | November 11, 2017

Three neuroscientists describe different aspects of the physical and social environments that can affect the developing brain during a session at the International Neuroethics Society annual meeting.

Neuroscience & Society: To Tell the Truth

by Seimi Rurup

Dana blog | November 10, 2017

When do children learn to lie? Can we trust our own memories? Researchers weighed in on these and other truthy questions during the public session at the recent International Neuroethics Society annual meeting.

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INS Meeting: Science Communication

by Ann Whitman

Dana blog | November 10, 2017

Talk to the public as well as the press, don't skew data, and expect there will be a learning curve, panelists advised during a panel on communicating science during the International Neuroethics Society annual meeting.

A Medical Solution to Reducing Police Brutality

by Natalia M. Montes

INS | November 10, 2017

The International Neuroethics Society's Science Communication Essay Winner for 2017, by Natalia Montes, University of Washington, departments of psychology and philosophy.

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