Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Can I Pick Your Brain?

ScienceDaily reports that neurobiologists at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies have carried out experiments that prove for the first time that the brain remembers, even if we don't. Lead investigator Thomas D. Albright explains that "For the first time, we can look at the brain activity of a rhesus monkey and infer what the animal knows."

In contrast, the NY Times reports that brain scans are promising, but not yet practical.

The other interesting news about neuroethics is that over the weekend at the annual ASBH meeting in Washington, D. C. , neuroscientist and bioethicist Judy Illes of Stanford led the launch of the Neuroethics Affinity group. Kudos to Judy for being a pioneer!

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