August 29, 2015

The best in neuroscience from around the web this week:

Brain Decoder: Can Neuroscience Ever Have a Place in the Courtroom? [MEDIUM READ / MEDIUM SCIENCE]

HANDLING THE TRUTH: The relationship between law, human behaviour and neuroscience is fraught with ambiguity, an issue that will only become more prominent as technologies to analyse the human brain improve. Is a person guilty of murder if they have a brain tumour that promotes violence and impulsivity?

Neuroscience News: Music Therapy Reduces Anxiety During Breast Biopsy Surgeries [MEDIUM READ / SIMPLE SCIENCE]

MUSIC TO YOUR EARS: New research has found that playing live or pre-recorded music reduces anxiety levels in women undergoing surgical breast biopsies for cancer diagnosis and treatment. The findings suggest that music therapy may be beneficial during surgical cancer treatment.

Neuroscience Stuff: Barrow Scientists ‘Rewrite’ History Books [MEDIUM READ / SIMPLE SCIENCE]  

THE BRAIN SURGERY THAT CHANGED HISTORY: If it weren’t for life-saving neurosurgery performed on Russian general Mikhail Kutuzov in 1812, Napoleon Bonaparte’s invasion of Russia might not have ended in catastrophic failure. Thanks to a French surgeon, Kutuzov was able to survive two bullets to the head and repel Napoleon’s invaders.  

Neuwrite SD: Things That Go Bump in the Night: The Perils of Misplaced Paralysis [LONG READ / COMPLEX SCIENCE]

THE BRAIN’S STRAITJACKET: Ever had that incredibly frustrating sleep experience where you want to lift your arm, or open your eyes, or somehow move, but you just can’t? That’s sleep paralysis, which is normally a good thing. But what happens when things go wrong?

Scientific American: Mental Health May Depend On Creatures In The Gut [LONG READ / MEDIUM SCIENCE]

GUT FEELING: The gut microbiome – the enormous colony of bacteria that lives in our intestines – is all the rage at the moment, and neuroscience isn’t missing out on the party. So what exactly does the gut have to do with the brain? And might there be a gut–brain link in autism?