What kind of curious are you? Scientists explore different types of curiosity and their home in the brain.
The Orange Problem, 2019, Acrylic on panel, 72 x 72 cm. © Robert Pepperell 2019.
When we look at art we may not all see the same thing. It all depends on what happens in our brains.
Your brain is conducting multiple orchestras of information at the same time.
Like a cocktail partygoer able to focus on one discussion in a noisy room, brains are able to make reliable connections against a busy neural background. Here are two phenomena that help it happen.
Peter Longstaff, one of the participants in the study.
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Ultra-clear maps of individual toes were found in the brains of two foot painters – these are not found in typically developed humans.
When seconds stretch into minutes.
The tragedies in El Paso and Dayton bring sadness, grief and stress to many people.
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Many feel grief, despair and fear after the news of horrible mass shootings. A neuroscientist offers 6 tips on how to process these feelings.
How can you forget when the internet won’t let you?
Forgetting is beneficial for the human brain. But the internet has made it harder to let go of painful or problematic memories.
Existing BMIs focus on restoring function for people with mobility or communication issues.
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BMIs like the ones Neuralink is working on are already used in laboratories around the world as assistive technologies. But melding your mind with an AI is probably not happening anytime soon.
Researcher Taimur Ahmed holds the newly designed chip.
Our brains create new memories, and forget old ones, by forging and breaking connections between nerve cells. Now researchers can do something similar using a light-sensitive electronic chip.
What happens in our brains and bodies when we emotionally react to music? Can neural technology provide new ways to interact with music?
Neurons treated with a fluorescent dye show their interconnections.
Finding out more about how the brain works could help programmers translate thinking from the wet and squishy world of biology into all-new forms of machine learning in the digital world.
Scientists may have worked out how emotions shape the memory processes.
Thomas Durcan’s lab is using pluripotent stem cells to grow human brain neurons in a dish, in search of a cure for Parkinson’s disease.
Thomas Durcan's lab is growing 3D mini-brains in the search for a cure for Parkinson's disease. Over the next year he is giving all his lab's protocols, methods and results away.
Researchers have ideas how to probe consciousness in another.
The only consciousness you can ever be certain about is your own. But there are different types of clues that could hint at what's happening within another entity.
New innovations in neurotechnology should consider ethical, social and legal implications.
With increasing technological innovations in neuroscience, the field of neuroethics grows in relevance - especially when it comes to informing applications and policy.
People have always been intrigued by illusions, but only in the last century have they been able to teach us about the workings of the brain.
Artist impression of neurons communicating in the brain.
A new technology has enabled neuroscientists to examine the chemistry of individual brain cells. The finding reveal how genes are regulated differently in brain cells of people with autism compared to neurotypical people.
If one of your hands is anaesthetised, the remaining one will be better at touch perception.
New research involving temporary 'finger amputations’ raises hope for more effective stroke rehabilitation.
Researchers imagine tapping into your body’s reactions to extreme cold to reap psychological benefits.
Can the brain’s conscious mechanisms exert a significant influence on the body’s autonomic functions? New research suggests yes – with possible implications for mental health.
How can both be sure the other hit it out?
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Sports fans see it all the time: two people arguing about a split-second difference in who did what. New research suggests human beings have a bias to perceive their own actions as happening sooner.