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.
Ultra-clear maps of individual toes were found in the brains of two foot painters – these are not found in typically developed humans.
Got motion sickness? You're not alone in the animal kingdom.
Researchers have developed implants small enough to fit inside brain cells.
Sleep paralysis – when you wake up but feel like you can't move – seems to be more common if you sleep on your back. But we don't know why.
From Strictly Come Dancing to the Tour de France 'curses' have rational explanations. Here, psychologists discuss why belief in them persists.
10% of people are left-handed but we still haven't uncovered how this changes the way their brains work.
Have you ever walked into a room and realised you can’t remember what you were looking for? We tend to do this more when we are thinking of a few things at once or doing two things at the same time.
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.
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.
Knowing how the brain prepares for sequences of movements can help us better understand disorders such as stuttering and dyspraxia.
What happens in our brains and bodies when we emotionally react to music? Can neural technology provide new ways to interact with music?
The 'right' amount of noise is different for everyone. That might explain why some people perform best in noisy environments, while others prefer silence.
Scientists may have worked out how emotions shape the memory processes.
Most of the time, different parts of your nervous system work in balance. But sometimes things can get out of whack – and that's when you might end up experiencing what medics call syncope.
The process of radicalisation is a complex system that cannot be reduced to the brain, behaviour, or environment. It exists at the intersection of all these elements.
Is everything about who we are contained within our brains?
Our neural hardware responds differently when we perceive people to be on "our team." This hard-wiring allows for both positive and negative biases.
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.
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.