Monday, April 30, 2007

Brains, brains, and more brains!

Slate has an exciting week-long exploration on the latest developments and implications in neuroscience. William Saletan lists the five biggest neuroscience developments of the year, including:

1. The arrival of mind reading. (Scientists in Germany used pattern recognition software to predict decisions with accuracy rate of 71 percent of the time)

2. The neural alteration of morality. (Six people with damage to the ventromedial prefrontal cortex were presented with moral dilemmas and were found to be two to three times more willing to kill than people without brain damage)

3. The medicalization of sexual orientation. (Research suggests brain biology is involved.)

4. The discovery of vegetative consciousness (Brain scan of PVS patients where shown to light up when given a mental task to visualize)

5. The progress of artificial intelligence.

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