Has neuroscience been on the wrong track for centuries?
There's both money and prestige invested in the simple idea that different brain areas are responsible for certain functions. But that doesn't make it true.
They shoot, they score ... if there's a sugary reward at the end of it.
There’s got to be a perfectly logical explanation for this.
Millions of people claim to have had encounters with aliens, but most can be explained by psychology rather than UFOs.
A patient who suffered a traumatic brain injury works with a therapist.
Neuroscience can now make a difference in the lives of people with severe brain injury, but will they get the care they deserve? More than a question of entitlements, this is an issue of civil rights.
The hormone oestrogen may play a role in a woman’s ability to perform two tasks at the same time.
In men and older women, a complicated thinking test appeared to overwhelm the part of the brain also responsible for moving one of their arms. They could only do one or the other.
Bulimia is a debilitating condition.
Can new ways of using electric currents to stimulate the brain help reduce symptoms of one of the most debilitating eating disorders?
Three stories about researchers who have dabbled in self-experimentation – with varying results.
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Trump supporters celebrating.
The more we have to defend our choice to others, the more certain we become that we are right. So what can we do about it?
Little does this woman know what happens to her brain when she licks the ice cream.
It's a long, hot summer's day and you're looking forward to an ice cream. But within seconds of your first bite, you feel a headache coming on: a brain freeze. What's going on?
The festive season is an intense time of year. Neuroscience can shed some light on what it does to our brains.
Why do we retain some memories better than others?
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The Florey Institute's Dr Jee Hyun Kim explains how the different aspects of memory work and why attention is the most important element of improving your memory in this long-form comic explainer.
A discipline neither good nor evil.
Saturday Evening Post/Harris A. Ewing
Maybe you think neuroscience has a peaceable history of benign efforts to improve lives and enhance human capacities. But its origins and development tell a different story – with ethical implications.
Recent research suggests running allows the brain to rest and reduces the need for sleep.
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When human contact is cut off, the brain begins to act in strange ways to preserve its sanity.
Whoever wins the US presidential election will have to govern for the whole of the country.
Insights from psychology, neuroscience, economics and political science on how the incoming president might move people from the extreme right or left of the political spectrum to a sociable centre.
Changes in arousal can alter introspective confidence.
Scientists are increasingly working out that the body actually shapes the mind. New research even raises hopes about new treatments for mental health problems.
Imagine, if you will…
Why is figurative language more powerful – and what feelings exactly does it stir in an audience?
The brain doesn’t cause lying.
A recent study suggested that the brain becomes accustomed to lying, making people merely puppets of their brains. That's too simple an explanation – and one that lets liars off the hook.
FMRI scan during working memory tasks.
John Graner, Neuroimaging Department, National Intrepid Center of Excellence, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, 8901 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20889, USA
Science has shown that women are better at nurturing and men are better at logic. Or has it?
Heavy drinking can cause brain changes that make you want to drink more.
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Heavy drinking causes brain changes that make you want to drink more. But using a virus to deliver a gene into specific neurons in the brain may be a way to mitigate those changes.