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Obama Brain Mapping

The Search for Mental Illness and Addiction in the Brain, Part IV: The BRAIN Initiative and the Politics of Experience

Stanton Peele | Posted 08.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Stanton Peele

Developing a better understanding of, and effective treatments for, mental-health disorders is a very ambitious task for BRAIN. Although those actually involved in BRAIN stop short of saying the we can find the sources for these things and cure them, there is hope that this is where we are headed.

The Search for Mental Illness and Addiction in the Brain, Part III: The DSM-5 War Over What Being Human Means

Stanton Peele | Posted 07.28.2013 | Healthy Living
Stanton Peele

Insel represents a crucial American school of thought -- by far the dominant one in the U.S. today -- that equates the future of mental health with the brain, pure and simple. This school of thought is fundamentally wrong, has always been wrong, will always be wrong.

The Search for Mental Illness and Addiction in the Brain, Part II: Why Are the Human Psyche and Behavior So Complicated?

Stanton Peele | Posted 07.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Stanton Peele

The very inconclusiveness of the Human Genome Project as detailed in part one is pushing us to conclude that we were only looking in the wrong place when we put a microscope to our DNA. Instead, we have determined to look to the brain directly.

The Search for Mental Illness and Addiction in the Brain, Part I: The Disappointment of the Human Genome Project

Stanton Peele | Posted 07.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Stanton Peele

The ideal image many people had of the genome as a straightforward template that stamps out human beings in a predictable way was, and is, a fantasy. And this is nowhere more evident than in the case of human personality traits and mental illness.

5 Things You Don't Know About Your Brain

The Huffington Post | Laura Schocker | Posted 04.18.2013 | Healthy Living

photo courtesy of TEDMED Earlier this month, President Obama announced a proposal to fully map the activity of the human brain. The initiative wo...

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 06.06.2013 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

On Tuesday, President Obama announced a federal effort to map the human brain in unprecedented detail. With any luck, it might help explain the kind of loopy thinking we saw demonstrated at the end of the week. On the one hand, we had the latest jobs report, which showed a country still in crisis, with the addition of only 88,000 new jobs, and the share of the population in the workforce falling to the lowest point in decades. Yet the leaked details of the president's new budget show a focus not on job creation but on cutting the deficit by $1.8 trillion over the next 10 years (in addition to cutting Social Security benefits). So amidst hard evidence of our profound and continuing economic crisis, we get a budget offering a solution to a different (and far less pressing) problem. It's enough to set what Obama called "the three pounds of matter that sits between our ears" spinning.

Obama Proposes Bold Initiative

AP | NEDRA PICKLER and MALCOLM RITTER | Posted 06.02.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama on Tuesday proposed an effort to map the brain's activity in unprecedented detail, as a step toward finding bette...

Obama Announcing Initiative To Unlock Mysteries

Posted 04.02.2013 | Politics

By NEDRA PICKLER, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is proposing a new investment into research to map the human brain in ...