Will Neurocriminology make Minority Report real?

  Since the ISIS attacks in Paris on November 13th 2015, successive terrorist attacks have occurred throughout Europe and other parts of the world. People across the world are horrified by terrorists represented by ISIS and demand solutions to prevent future terrorist attacks by any means. It seems that counter-terrorism is now an immediate problem … Continue reading Will Neurocriminology make Minority Report real?

Meaningful connections – On how the brain makes sense

What comes to your mind when you think of language? It might be grammar or maybe literature. Or that one language you always wanted to learn but never found the time for (yet!). But lay back for a moment. Think about the wondrous fact that by reading these lines, the arbitrary symbols called letters create … Continue reading Meaningful connections – On how the brain makes sense

Your Opinions on Brain to Brain Interfaces

Is it actually possible to directly transfer one’s experiences into another person’s brain? Dejá vu? If this question in its particular wording seems familiar, you might be reading just the right text! I addressed this question in my blog post on Brain to Brain Interfaces (BtBIs) in June 2016 and just as promised here's the report on the … Continue reading Your Opinions on Brain to Brain Interfaces

Shooting lasers into brains: A new sci-fi novel or something to get used to?

In 1979, Nobel laureate Francis Crick mused about how wonderful it would be to find a way to control just one type of brain cells while leaving others untouched1. Twenty years later, seeing all the shortcomings of electrophysiology (low precision in targeting cells) and pharmacological manipulations (too slow in comparison to real neurotransmission), he went … Continue reading Shooting lasers into brains: A new sci-fi novel or something to get used to?

Who’s afraid of the Humanoid Robot? – Let Neuroscience guide you through the Uncanny Valley

Chances are last week’s article about Brain-to-Brain interfaces left you worried about the technology of the future. But are you afraid of a robot apocalypse? Not yet? Still, it's likely that humanlike robots will make you feel uneasy. Probably not Pixar’s Wall-E with his kind eyes, nor Star Wars Hero C-3PO, we’re speaking of the artificial … Continue reading Who’s afraid of the Humanoid Robot? – Let Neuroscience guide you through the Uncanny Valley

Brain to Brain Interfaces

Estimated Reading Time: 10 minutes  In last week's blog post, we had a look at the question whether it is actually possible to alter one’s memory or even implant new recollections. This week, we continue to ask the exciting questions: Is it actually possible to directly transfer one's experiences into another person's brain? “Case sat in the loft with the dermatrodes … Continue reading Brain to Brain Interfaces