Connecting brains together into networks, or ‘mind-melding’ as the Trekkies say, has a long and colorful history in science fiction. But it’s also something that scientists are doing—rather successfully—with animals in the lab. And in many cases, networked animal brains seem to perform better than individual brains.
As neuroengineering becomes a reality, scientists are grappling with the ethics of changing people's perceptions and feelings — especially when it comes to love. We're on the cusp of "anti-love" drugs, that could help people recover from bad love affairs. What could go wrong? A lot.
At the University of Washington, researchers are pioneering a field of neuroscience called "neuroengineering," which will one day involve doing things like regulating people's moods with brain implants. In this fascinating video, they explain how their work spilled over into philosophy.
Drug addiction in China is highly stigmatized. And now, some doctors are trying to cure it with a radical procedure known as as a "stereotactic ablation." More simply, it's the practice of destroying parts of the brain's "pleasure centers" (the nucleus accumbens) in heroin addicts and alcoholics as a way to stop drug…
Researchers have developed a brain implant that augments the brain capacity of rats, boosting their ability to recall tasks. Reports Benedict Carey in the New York Times:
The better we understand how our brains function, the closer we get to controlling them at a molecular level. And that means a possible cure for depression, but it could also mean foolproof brainwashing.