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Drinking Caffeine Regularly Will Change Your Brain

Drinking Caffeine Regularly Will Change Your Brain

By Jim Windell

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Can Treating Depressed Mothers Affect the Brains of their Babies?

Can Treating Depressed Mothers Affect the Brains of their Babies?

By Jim Windell

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Do We Pay a Price for Disagreeing?

Do We Pay a Price for Disagreeing?

By Jim Windell

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Early Life Experiences May be Passed Down to Children

Early Life Experiences May be Passed Down to Children

By Jim Windell

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Who Gets PTSD and Who Doesn’t?

Who Gets PTSD and Who Doesn’t?

 By Jim Windell

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The Roots of Mother’s Empathy

The Roots of Mother’s Empathy

 By Jim Windell

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A Mother’s Stress during Pregnancy May Influence a Baby’s Brain Development

A Mother’s Stress during Pregnancy May Influence a Baby’s Brain Development

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Why do we have Less Motivation to Learn as We Age?

Why do we have Less Motivation to Learn as We Age?

By Jim Windell

           I don’t know about you, but I have noticed that many people, particularly after they retire, seem to lose the zest they had previously for engaging in new activities, taking on new challenges or learning new things. Do most people need the structure of a job and a daily routine in order to maintain an interest in the new or the novel? Do they just get tired and want to put their brain – and their body – in a rocking chair? Or is there some other explanation?

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Does Writing by Hand Make You Smarter?

Does Writing by Hand Make You Smarter?

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Does neuroscience help us understand the criminal mind?

When someone is charged with a serious crime, say, for instance, a murder do we have any neurological tests that will help us answer such questions “Was this person stable when he committed the crime?” or “Should he be held accountable under the law for his criminal actions?”

These kinds of questions were posed in a recent article in the American Bar Association Journal. In the article, written by Kevin Davis, it was pointed out that millions of dollars have been spent on research to better understand the human brain. Yet, the article wondered if a host of legal questions could be answered today – any better than in past decades.

“What’s going on in a person’s brain is relevant to so many domains of law,” says Owen Jones, director of the research network and the Glenn M. Weaver, M.D., and Mary Ellen Weaver Chair in Law, Brain and Behavior at Vanderbilt Law School. “Historically, there’s been no way to make those assessments,” Jones adds. “When you’re trying to understand the multiple causes of a person’s behavior, you want to try to understand what’s giving rise to their mental states.”

There is no doubt, Davis points out, that criminal defense lawyers use or cite neuroscience to help mitigate or explain their clients’ behavior. For example, it has been found that between 2005 and 2015, there were more than 2,800 judicial opinions in which neuroscience played a role.



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