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Daily Mail (U.K.)

Scientists identify the region of the brain associated with risk-taking—and it could explain why some people are more likely to smoke and drink

Gideon Nave of the Wharton School spoke about research he co-authored, which identified areas of the brain linked with risk-taking. “We find that we don’t have only one brain region that is the ‘risk area,’” he said. “There are a lot of regions involved.”


BBC News

Elon Musk to show off working brain-hacking device

Ari Benjamin, a doctoral student in the School of Engineering and Applied Science, said the biggest stumbling block for brain-to-machine interface technology is the complexity of the human brain. "Once they have the recordings, Neuralink will need to decode them and will someday hit the barrier that is our lack of basic understanding of how the brain works, no matter how many neurons they record from,” he said. "Decoding goals and movement plans is hard when you don't understand the neural code in which those things are communicated."


Philadelphia Inquirer

After retired Black NFL players file lawsuit, experts weigh in on race and diagnosing dementia

Jason Karlawish of the Perelman School of Medicine spoke about the complex process of diagnosing someone with dementia and about racial disparities in cognitive-impairment diagnoses.



A radical new model of the brain illuminates its wiring

Danielle Bassett of the School of Engineering and Applied Science spoke about how neuroscience has led to a greater understanding of the brain’s networks and how to treat a variety of conditions. “Hopefully, with an understanding of the individual differences in the brain, we will have a better lever on how to predict human responses to a particular intervention,” she says, “and then not have to have people go for a year through different kinds of medication before we find one that works for them.”



Your eyes may betray what decision you are about to make

Michael Louis Platt and Feng Sheng of the Wharton School comment on their research on the sight-brain connection when making decisions.


U.S. News & World Report

Antarctic study shows isolation, monotony may change the human brain

Alexander Stahn of the Perelman School of Medicine led a study that found a volume decrease in the hippocampi of explorers who spent 14 months at a research station in Antarctica. “It was an average of about 7%, which is really big in terms of brain changes,” he said.