Brain Research

September 15, 1978

Report Outline
Advances in New Glamor Science
Biologic Basis of New Advances
Ethics of Psychotropic Drugs Use
Special Focus

Advances in New Glamor Science

High Expectations From Recent Research

One of the more obscure sciences, brain research, has in the past few years become one of the most glamorous. A number of advances in research have not only provided a new understanding of how the brain functions but have started a rain of predictions about the future. “We are on the edge of a choose-your-mood society,” a scientist was quoted as saying in the pages of Fortune magazine. “Those of us who work in the field [of brain research] see a developing potential for nearly total control of human emotion status, mental functioning, the will to act.”

In a similar vein, an editor of Science News said last year: “We may well be on the threshold of a provocative new era of using the brain's own chemicals to improve mind and behavior. The discoveries now being made hold exciting and profound implications for helping people suffering from all sorts of behavioral problems….” And in Quest magazine, Jo Durden-Smith wrote: “We are at…‘the newest frontier.’ A new generation of opiates and mood drugs (to be used or abused as future generations see fit), a new control over mental disorder, a new explanation for (and perhaps control over) the activities central to the functioning of human beings — these things seem assured.”

The popular magazines have had an outpouring of stories on the subject, and the predictions go on. But even the neuroscientists themselves, who are slower to reach conclusions, are willing to say that the sudden surge forward in the brain sciences may be greater in its effect than the “antibiotics revolution” which has already transformed medicine in this century.

ISSUE TRACKER for Related Reports
Mental Health
Mar. 24, 2023  Aging and Mental Health
Jul. 01, 2022  Youth Mental Health
Jul. 31, 2020  COVID-19 and Mental Health
Oct. 11, 2019  The Insanity Defense
Jul. 12, 2019  Suicide Crisis
Mar. 13, 2015  Prisoners and Mental Illness
Dec. 05, 2014  Treating Schizophrenia
Sep. 12, 2014  Teen Suicide
May 10, 2013  Mental Health Policy
Aug. 03, 2012  Treating ADHD
Jun. 01, 2012  Traumatic Brain Injury
Jun. 26, 2009  Treating Depression
Feb. 13, 2004  Youth Suicide
Feb. 06, 2004  Mental Illness Medication Debate
Mar. 29, 2002  Mental Health Insurance
Feb. 08, 2002  Treating Anxiety
Jul. 16, 1999  Childhood Depression
Jun. 18, 1999  Boys' Emotional Needs
Sep. 12, 1997  Mental Health Policy
Aug. 19, 1994  Prozac
Aug. 06, 1993  Mental Illness
Oct. 09, 1992  Depression
Jun. 14, 1991  Teenage Suicide
Jul. 08, 1988  Biology Invades Psychology
Feb. 13, 1987  The Mentally Ill
Aug. 20, 1982  Mental Health Care Reappraisal
Jun. 12, 1981  Youth Suicide
Sep. 21, 1979  Mental Health Care
Sep. 15, 1978  Brain Research
Jul. 05, 1974  Psychomedicine
Aug. 08, 1973  Emotionally Disturbed Children
Dec. 27, 1972  Mental Depression
Mar. 24, 1972  Schizophrenia: Medical Enigma
Apr. 21, 1971  Approaches to Death
Mar. 03, 1971  Encounter Groups
Nov. 25, 1970  Psychological Counseling of Students
Feb. 19, 1969  Future of Psychiatry
Feb. 02, 1966  New Approaches to Mental Illness
Jan. 22, 1964  Insanity as a Defense
Sep. 25, 1963  Anatomy of Suicide
Nov. 20, 1957  Drugs and Mental Health
Apr. 23, 1954  Mental Health Programs
Jul. 09, 1948  Mental Health
Biology and Life Sciences
Mental Health