Scientists are now able to watch neurons within the brain of a living animal change in response to experience. When we experience something new, some synapses in the brain grow stronger and other synapses grow weaker, creating a unique view of how memory is made. (Clip Art)
The 2007 Ideas Festival, sponsored by the Aspen Institute and Atlantic Magazine gathered scientists, artists, politicians, historians, educators, activists, and other great thinkers for a week in early July. MPR's Midday broadcast several of the presentations.
'The Brain on the Stand'
George Washington University law professor Jeffrey Rosen says progress in neuroscience and technology has the potential to radically transform the legal system.
During a speech at this summer's Aspen Ideas Festival he titled "The Brain on the Stand," Rosen discussed how neuroscience will challenge some of our core ideas about justice and law.