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Limits to brain scanning technology – Prof Donna Rose Addis

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on July 13th, 2016.

A proposal to test how reliable brain scans could be in detecting whether suspects knew anything about a crime goes beyond the limits of the technology, says Professor Donna Rose Addis. Writing in the New Zealand Herald, University of Auckland psychologist Prof Addis responded to an article published on June 29 describing the work of ‘The […]

Dr Michelle Dickinson’s new column in the Weekend Herald

John Kerr posted in on August 12th, 2015.

As the columnist for the Weekend Herald‘s new Science & Tech page, Dr Michelle Dickinson test runs a new device that claims to use EEG monitoring to help build mental focus. An excerpt (read in full here): Science & Tech: Michelle Dickinson I’ve been walking around wearing an odd, forehead-covering, Rambo-like headband called Muse this […]

Detecting consciousness in vegetative patients – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on November 10th, 2011.

What if you were trapped in your own body, unable to move or communicate in any way? How would any one know you are conscious? New research has offered an insight into detecting awareness in such situations. A new study,  published the leading medical journal the Lancet, shows that awareness can be detected in people […]

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