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Neuroscience

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Neuroscience is the scientific study of the nervous system.

Throughout history, changes in behaviour have been noted in people who receive injuries to the brain, but in recent decades technology has allowed for scientists to actually study why this is.

Learning how the brain develops and functions can lead to treatments and preventions of neurological disorders such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's.

Such treatments may be possible through stem cell research, which is controversial when it utilizes embryos.

Common handwaving[edit]

It's a relatively common to handwave pseudoscienctific assertions about human nature as being backed by neuroscience: keep an eye out for direct references to actual scientific papers that use observational evidence, whose claims tend not to be quite so grandiose. To see examples, try searching the internet for the phrase "Neuroscience says that". You can find all sorts of generalizations that have no real basis, like:

Usually these kinds of claims come from someone who's trying to sell you something.

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