Here are 5 of the more interesting research presentations at the recent annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, as determined by the editors of Scientific American. Access PDFs of the abstracts from this year's meeting or download them to your e-reader or mobile device.
The massive annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience brought together tens of thousands of researchers exploring the workings of mind and brain
By John Matson
- Is Mindfulness Good for Everything? Maybe Not for Learning to Ride a Bike - Preliminary data from a new study rattles the consensus view on the benefits of mindfulness
- My Brain Made Me Pull the Trigger - Neuroscience has entered the courtroom in a big way, despite what academic experts believe about the use of brain scans at trial
- A Blind Person Understands the Way a Sighted Friend “Sees” the World - Neuroscientists are exploring how sensory inputs shape subjective mental states
- How Many Friends Can Your Brain Handle? - Certain brain areas are enlarged in people with larger social networks
- Creativity, Madness and Drugs - Would we have Edgar Allan Poe’s "The Raven" today if the tormented author had taken lithium to suppress his bipolar illness?