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There are many pieces to the mental health puzzle: and it isn’t all about the brain. stephenphampshire

‘Mental illness’ isn’t all about brain chemistry: it’s about life

Do you believe ‘mental illness’ is all about brain chemistry? It wouldn’t be surprising if you did, because this is the message we regularly receive about various forms of troublesome feelings, thoughts…
Stay still, I’ve missed a bit. PA/Tim Whitby

Doing Arnie impressions can activate your brain

The voice is an important tool which we use to communicate and express ourselves. But our voices convey so much more than the words we say. Just a few words can reveal clues about someone’s gender, age…
Does my brain look small in this? Scans can be used to detect brain shrinkage. Flickr/bucaorg

Brain scan library will help us understand normal ageing

As many as 500 brain scans are performed in Scotland every week. These scans are mostly used to diagnose - or rule out - serious diseases like strokes and tumours, but this is not their only function…

Shocked by beauty

Scientists have used weak electrical shocks on the brain to make the human face seem more attractive. California Institute…
The new study has implications for Alzheimer’s disease, stroke and other neurological disorders. http://www.flickr.com/photos/arselectronica

Self-healing brain study offers Alzheimer’s hope

Brains are smart enough to rewire themselves, a new international study of rats has found. The study turns on its head the…
Genetically engineered mice were fitted with wireless LED devices which emitted light, triggering the release of dopamine. Image from shutterstock.com

Wireless device lights up pleasure centre in brains of mice

Scientists have found a way to control the reward centre of the brain, using a miniature wireless device that emits light…

Making the brain transparent

Scientists have developed a new technique to study the brain, by making it transparent. Using a post-mortem mouse brain…
Booze won’t kill your brain cells but it can still harm your brain. Image from shutterstock.com

Monday’s medical myth: alcohol kills brain cells

Do you ever wake up with a raging hangover and picture the row of brain cells that you suspect have have started to decay? Or wonder whether that final glass of wine was too much for those tiny cells…
Plans are afoot to map the brain, but the scientific methods of US scientists involved may be too ambitious. shutterstock.com

Wham BAM: Obama’s brain map aims are laudable, but laughable

Recently, I wrote a sceptical article for The Conversation on the subject of new proposals for computer mapping of the brain. The two top contenders are the European Human Brain Project (HBP - which has…
The race to map the human brain may be more political than scientific. brewbooks

The brain race: can giant computers map the mind?

In the past month, we have seen two major announcements of huge projects to map the brain – the European Human Brain Project (HBP) and the Obama Brain Activity Map (BAM). What you may not have noticed…
Different parts of the brain do different things, but there’s more overlap than you might think. Brain image from www.shutterstock.com

Explainer: the brain

If I had been asked 15 years ago to write a short piece about what the different parts of the brain did, it would have been a fairly straightforward task. Not any more. Over the last 15 years, the methods…

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