Prisoner's Arms Resting on Cell Bars

In 1991, Shaka Senghor shot and killed a man, and spent 19 years in prison for his crime. He talks with neuroscientist Daniel Reisel about the challenge of rehabilitating in prison — and why it’s so important to restore people to society.

neurons

Ok, not exactly. But the possibility has been floated by some scientists investigating neurogenesis, the idea that new neurons are generated in the human brain throughout life. Daniel Reisel explores the impact this new understanding might have on things like our criminal justice system in a new book, “Rewiring Our Reality.”

ByTheNumbers-snippet

This week’s numbers include the amount of change tossed into Rome’s Trevi Fountain each year (a lot), the number of Americans aged 18-34 who still live with their parents (too many), and the percentage of Americans who don’t believe in the Big Bang (gulp).

JuanEnriquezEdBoyen_Conversation

Ed Boyden is the head of the Synthetic Neurobiology group at the MIT Media Lab. He talks brains and optogenetics (a technique being used to better understand blindness and Parkinson’s disease) with futurist and venture capitalist Juan Enriquez.

TriQA_Blog

What happens when the technology for manipulation on the neural level becomes possible? Could there be a future therapy for people with depression or PTSD — or heartbreak? Do people really want to have their memories manipulated? Elizabeth Loftus, Steve Ramirez and Xu Liu grapple with some big questions.