COLUMN: Neuroscience is sexy – Don’t believe the hype

There’s a lot of excitement about the science of the brain these days. But too much of a good thing can make you sick. Neuroscience, which is the scientific study of the nervous system, is how we can begin to understand how the human brain works. Scientists have made advances in understanding parts of the human body from the basic cellular units of the brain, the neuron, to our genes. In addition, with our ever-increasing knowledge of social and behavioral sciences, we have gained a lot of insight into human behavior. Neuroscience gives us empirical evidence for how the brain influences that behavior. As Barry Swartz, a psychology professor at Swarthmore College, told, “If it’s the brain, it must be science, and if it’s science, it must be true.”…

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