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Brain Stimulation Can Control Compliance with Social Norms

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Human beings are utterly dependent on a complex social structure for their survival.  Since all behavior is controlled by the brain, human beings may have evolved specialized neural circuits that are responsible for compliance with society’s rules.  A new study has identified such a region in the human brain, and researchers can increase or decrease [...]

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Observations

Ethical Questions Surround “Electrical Thinking Cap” That Improves Mental Functions

What if a drug could improve learning and cognition and had no untoward medical consequences? Wouldn’t it be justified to make it widely available? A group of scientists concluded three years ago that it would be. No such drug exists, but the question arises anew because of a brain-stimulation technique that appears on paper to [...]

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The Scicurious Brain

When Food Goes Bad: Binge Eating and Reward

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It’s food week here at SciAm! Make sure to check out all the posts! For my food week post, I’m going at it a little differently. We spend a lot of time talking about food, thinking about whether it’s good for us, bad for us, which aspects of it are good or bad for us. [...]

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