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.
Anne Boleyn (with head in situ).
How long does the brain remain conscious after decapitation?
Which way does neurobiological evidence tip the scales in sentencing?
How do jurors use different kinds of information about mental illness when making sentencing decisions? An experiment finds that neurobiological evidence could harm or help defendants.
Do the eyes have it?
Would you rather lose your sense of touch or your vision? Here are the pros and cons of each, according to science.
Researchers get their first glimpse into what happens in the brain when we consciously relinquish control over our actions and go with the flow.
Young people may have a harder time processing violent footage, as their brains are still developing.
Many teenagers may have seen the live footage of the Christchurch shooting. Here are some ways parents and teachers can help them process it.
Do you have a magnetic compass in your head?
Your brain's sensory talents go way beyond those traditional five senses. A team of geoscientists and neurobiologists explored how the human brain monitors and responds to magnetic fields.
A headache is not from your brain itself hurting, but it might mean some of the muscles, membranes and tissues surrounding the brain or its blood supply system could be hurting.
The brain itself can’t actually feel pain. It can't sense damage to itself the way your finger can. We know this because people can have brain surgery while they are totally awake.
Your brain is about 70% water.
An adult brain weighs about 1.5kg. It's mostly water with some fat, protein, sugar and a dash of salt. Sounds like pancakes, I know, but I once tried chicken brains and, well, pancakes are tastier.
Our brains evolved in a world without reading.
Reading and writing may have evolved thanks to a natural ability of the brain's visual cortex to process geometrical shapes.
They said it, but is it true?
Psychological phenomena like confirmation bias and the Dunning-Kruger effect make it easy for people to fall for deliberate or inadvertent lies in the news.
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Scientists have developed a robotic arm with knowledge of its physical form – a very basic sense of self.
Harnessing adolescents’ readiness to help can be good for them and their communities.
Teens get a bad rap as selfish, dangerous risk-takers. But neuroscience and psychology research is revising that image: Adolescents are primed to help those around them, with positive benefits for all.
Carlee Beattie b Summer Paralympics.
New study sheds light on the mystery of how people can experience and control phantom limbs decades after losing a body part.
Brain connections have been linked to consciousness.
Specific brain networks are at work when we are conscious. New results can help distinguish truly unconscious patients from those who have some degree of consciousness.
Microdosers take such small quantities of psychedelic substances that there are no noticeable effects.
Popular accounts of the effects of microdosing don't quite match the experience of long-term microdosers, according to this new research.