Who hasn't had a New Year's resolution fail? The Takeaway's science contributor Jonah Lehrer joins the show to tell us why our brain actually prevents us from changing everything at once.
This past summer, a woman was given a life sentence for murder after prosecutors strapped her to memory-scanning electrodes and ran a test called Brain Electrical Oscillations Signature, or BEOS. Could this be coming to America anytime soon?
The Mars rover, Opportunity, has minor damage to its right front wheel and can only travel about 110 yards per day. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory says the rover may never even reach its destination. But there are enticing possibilities if it does.
A growing body of scientific work has studied how what we perceive ?- or think we perceive ?- can have less to do with reality than we think. In light of recent findings, Jonah Lehrer, editor-at-large for Seed magazine and author of 'Proust was a Neuroscientist,' says it's time to radically rethink notions like 'you get what you pay for.'
Function MRI, or fMRI, promises to map and discover new patterns of brain activity that were previously inaccessible. But are scientists so caught up in the possibilities of modern neuroscience that they are missing something? Guest: Jonah Lehrer, author of 'Proust Was a Neuroscientist'