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February Digest

[ 0 ] February 1, 2010 | Noah Hutton

digest_graphicGiving the unconscious a voice: researchers have devised a method using fMRI brain imaging to communicate with patients in vegetative states previously thought to be entirely unconscious.

New hope for SIDS cure: new findings implicate deficiencies in the serotonin neurotransmitter system as a potential causal factor in sudden infant death syndrome.

Hunger for stimulation driven by dopamine in the brain: our need for stimulation and dopamine’s action upon the brain are connected, which helps to explain why people who constantly crave stimulation are in danger of addictive behavior such as drug abuse and gambling.

Dopamine receptor density correlates with social status: researchers found that increased social status and increased social support correlated with the density of dopamine D2/D3 receptors in the striatum, a region of the brain that plays a central role in reward and motivation, where dopamine plays a critical role in both of these behavioral processes.

Beauty and the brain: new show explores neuroaesthetics in a half experiment/half art exhibit setting.

Artists and scientists unite: Rubin Museum in New York City to begin third annual “Brainwave” series, pairing scientists and artists for discussions and workshops.

Landscapes of the mind: a new art exhibition at Williams College features work that explores the inner landscapes of the brain.

Video of the Month:

Why Ancient Wisdom Matters: Wade Davis gives a fascinating talk on the teachings of ancient cultures and their relevance in the modern world.

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