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About Dr. Fields

R. Douglas Fields, PhD, is a neuroscientist and author. Throughout his career his scientific research has explored the cellular mechanisms of nervous system development, plasticity, and memory, working at UC San Diego, Stanford University, Yale University, and the National Institutes of Health.

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Promise and Concerns of Reading and Controlling Minds with New Technology

The ability to detect electrical activity in the brain through the scalp, and to control it, will soon transform medicine and change society in profound ways.  Patterns of electrical activity in the brain can reveal a person’s cognition—normal and abnormal.  New methods to stimulate specific brain circuits can treat neurological and mental illnesses and control…

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Untangling Controversy over Brainwaves in Autism

Brainwaves are cited as a biological basis for autism, an objective method to diagnose it, and a treatment through EEG-guided neurofeedback.  Yet each of these intersections between brainwaves and autism is controversial. These mysterious waves of electromagnetic energy radiating out of the human brain are interrelated with autism, and there is tremendous potential for brainwave…

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