Brain, body and mind: understanding consciousness

23 Feb 2016

A bedside device that measures ‘brain signatures’ could help diagnose patients who have consciousness disorders – such as a vegetative state – to work out the best course of treatment and to support family counselling. 

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Children Walking on Trail

Sibling rivalry and brotherly love

08 Apr 2011

Siblings, and even sibling rivalry, can have a positive effect on children’s early development and their ability to form social relationships later in life, according to a new study.

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Detail from the cover of the Oxford Handbook of Neuroethics

Smart thinking

07 Apr 2011

As audiences watch the movie "Limitless", in which an author uses a smart drug to boost his brain, a new book shines a spotlight on the ethical dilemmas which arise when developments in neuroscience are embraced by the non-medical world.

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Our brain

Extra testosterone reduces your empathy

10 Feb 2011

A new study from Utrecht and Cambridge Universities has for the first time found that an administration of testosterone under the tongue in volunteers negatively affects a person’s ability to ‘mind read’, an indication of empathy. The findings are published this week in the journal Proceeding of the National Academy of Sciences.

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