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Crime and punishment: From the neuroscience of freewill to legal reform

Crime and punishment: From the neuroscience of freewill to legal reform

Mark Stokes is a senior research scientist at the Oxford Centre for Human Brain Activity, University of Oxford. As Head of the Attention Group, his research programme explores the brain mechanisms that control attentional selection for perception, memory, decision-making and conscious awareness. In addition to frontline research, he is also interested in public engagement. In 2012, he launched a neuroscience blog, The Brain Box, to discuss all matters mind and brain, covering research from his own lab as well as latest findings and controversies in the field. He has also been commissioned to contribute blog posts and comments to mainstream news providers, including the Guardian and The Independent.  Read more

Beyond Replication: Misleading Reports of a Provocative Experiment

Beyond Replication: Misleading Reports of a Provocative Experiment

Jonathan Ellis is an Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he has taught since 2002.  He received his PhD in Philosophy from the University of California, Berkeley (2002).  Since 2005, he has been Co-Director of the Santa Cruz Linguistics and Philosophy Group at UC Santa Cruz.  Ellis’s primary areas of research are the philosophy of psychology, the philosophy of mind and epistemology.  Recently he co-edited *Wittgenstein and the Philosophy of Mind* (published by Oxford University Press in 2012).  He is currently writing a book on the philosophical implications of motivated reasoning and other forms of compromised cognition. You can see more on his website at http://frodo.ucsc.edu/~jellis/.  Read more

Placebo for Psychogenic Illnesses: Why “It’s all in my head” does and doesn’t matter

Placebo for Psychogenic Illnesses: Why “It's all in my head” does and doesn’t matter

Karen S. Rommelfanger, PhD has over 10 years experience as a movement disorders neuroscientist. She now is the Program Director of the Neuroethics Program at the Emory Center for Ethics and is a Fellow in the Scholars Program for Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Research in the Department of Neurology in the School of Medicine at Emory where she conducts research on placebo therapy and psychogenic movement disorders. She is the Neuroscience Editor-in-Residence at the American Journal of Bioethics Neuroscience and manages The Neuroethics Blog.   … Read more

There is no “normal”

There is no “normal”

Dr. Chris Gunter is the HudsonAlpha director of research affairs. She earned a bachelor’s degree in both genetics and biochemistry from the University of Georgia, and a Ph.D. in genetics from Emory University.  Her research was centered on human genetics and genomics. Chris has also earned publishing experience at several journals, including editorial positions at Human Molecular Genetics and Science, and as the editor for genetics and genomics manuscripts at Nature. Upon starting to publish genome papers at Nature in 2002, Chris told her boss that if they ever got the platypus genome published, it would be time to move on. She started at the nonprofit HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology in 2008 and coordinates research activities in genetics and genomics. She creates and maintains an academic environment and communicates HudsonAlpha’s research in a variety of different formats and public venues.  Read more