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Neuroethics

Neuroethics articles can cover the ethics of research related to neuroscience, brain research involving ethical choices, fMRI studies, controversial research and other topics to debate.

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Controlling Monkey Brains and Behavior With Light

Researchers can control the behavior of monkeys by using pulses of blue light to very specifically activate particular brain cells. The findings represent a key advance for optogenetics, a state-of-the-art method for making causal connections between brain activity and behavior. Researchers say that similar light-based mind control could likely also be made to work in humans for therapeutic ends.