Brain Basics


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Inviting Multi-Disciplinary Voices to the Neurotechnology Conversation
Three years after a social issues roundtable about the ethical and societal issues raised by neural-digital interfaces, one research team shares what they’ve learned.
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Could Music Therapy Ease the World’s Dementia Crisis?
A new wave of research aims to move beyond anecdotal evidence. If it proves significantly beneficial and easily “dispensable,” the savings in terms of well-being and of monetary costs would be immense.
Past Request for Proposals: Dana Center Planning Grant 2022
RFP for past planning grant for Dana Centers for Neuroscience & Society. Requests were due July 6, 2022
In Memoriam: Sir Colin Blakemore
Colin believed the responsibility of scientists extended beyond research inside their labs to public dissemination and discussion, helping provide people with the knowledge to make important life and health choices.
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Who is Left Behind in the Movement to Normalize Marijuana?
In the rush to cash in on cannabis, some vulnerable populations—including people in marginalized groups and all children—may pay a steep price.
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Dana Foundation’s New Focus: Neuroscience & Society
It’s time to reimagine how neuroscience is conducted and used in our day-to-day lives.
FAQ: Applying for Planning Grants for Future Dana Centers for Neuroscience & Society
Answers to frequently asked questions about the summer 2022 request for proposals for planning for future Dana Centers for Neuroscience & Society
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Poverty and the Developing Brain
Evidence continues to mount that the brains of children living in poverty show tangible harm. Our authors explain the challenges and the necessary steps needed to build a healthier society.
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Managing Pain
Our thoughts, feelings, and beliefs about pain can affect the actual physical pain that we feel. What does pain look like in the brain, and how are new research findings leading to effective new treatments?
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The Miracle of Light
A Q&A with Karl Deisseroth, a winner of the 2021 Lasker Prize in Basic Medical Research for his pivotal work in optogenetics and author of the widely praised book, Projections: A Story of Human Emotions.
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