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How Can Paralysis Be Cured?

Paralysis has multiple causes. The part of the brain that controls movement can be damaged, such as from a stroke. Injuries and diseases can interrupt the message transmitted from the brain to the muscles [more…]

Can the Mind Be Downloaded?

As computers become more powerful, there is increasing speculation about whether they could equal or surpass human intelligence. One thread in this discussion is the idea of downloading our minds into [more…]

Can Imaging Systems Read Our Minds?

Since functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) machines became more common at the end of the 20th century, there have been more claims about the ability of this technology to extract the content of [more…]

Are Cyborgs Possible?

Cyborgs (cybernetic organisms) already exist! Any one of the more than 100,000 people worldwide who has a cochlear implant to restore hearing is essentially a cyborg, a functional combination of organic [more…]

Neurobiology For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Neurobiology has all kinds of real-world (and not so real-world) applications. From curing paralysis to the possibility of cyborgs, neurobiology has answers to many fascinating questions. [more…]

What Is Consciousness and Where Is It Located?

People often ask where consciousness is in the brain, but that question is problematic. The question assumes that consciousness is some special entity embedded within the nervous system. This assumption [more…]

Can Vision Be Restored for the Blind?

Most blindness is due to the death of photoreceptors in the retina, such as in retinitis pigmentosa and macular degeneration. Another leading cause of blindness is death of retinal ganglion cells from [more…]

Is Depression “All in Your Mind”?

Every day, another genetic anomaly underlying a mental illness makes the headlines. Evidence of serotonin (a neurotransmitter) disorders has led to the widespread use of prescription medications such as [more…]

10 Careers for Neurobiology Students

If you’re a neurobiology student, or you’re thinking about pursuing a PhD in neurobiology, you may be wondering what people do with PhDs after graduation. [more…]

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